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As in 2010, Dems Lost in 2014 Without an Economic Message Worth Fighting For

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The 2014 election was just as disastrous as 2010. Many observers now agree that Democrats again lost big because they failed to offer a clear economic message to economically insecure voters -- and they once again failed to attack Republicans for sabotaging action to create jobs.

What Happens When the Child Support and Alimony Math Don't Add Up?

Cindy Capitani | Posted 11.11.2014 | Divorce
Cindy Capitani

The upside down numbers in this new math economy is felt everywhere, and we've all had to adjust accordingly. Keeping an ex-husband indentured to his ex-wife for life, tied to paying large percentages of a salary? How is that justice?

Images and Media Ethics: How Much, How Far?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What is it about pictures that prompts journalists, activists, and social media users to take liberties with people's privacy, lives and destinies, and be sloppy in what they publish?

Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When children and adults are deprived of the basics to sustain life, their health suffers, which greatly impacts their educational and overall life opportunities. On issues of poverty and for the sake of humanity, we all must work on the same side.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

A Memo To My Kids From The Department of Fairness

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

Claim #7191: We find that there is no point in arguing over who received more Cheetos, as it has come to our attention that neither of you completed eating your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and apple slices in the first place.

What Makes Society Unfair?

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

Many of us feel that our societies are a little – or even plain totally – ‘unfair’. But we have a hard time explaining our sense of injustice ...

Should Teammates Get Equal Pay?

Adam Grant | Posted 09.17.2014 | Sports
Adam Grant

Why is pay equality good in some settings but bad in others?

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Our Destination Full of Hope: Marriage Equality in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Gov. Pat Quinn

The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois.

Building the New Populism

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Although Americans are concerned about lots of issues -- the minimum wage, decent jobs, healthcare, education, and protection of the environment, to name only a few -- what they crave is a reassertion of fundamental American values: fairness, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

5 Spiritual Mysteries: #1 Is Karma Fair?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

If you want to save the Law of Karma in a serious way, one that makes a difference to how people live their lives, there are a few genuine alternatives that should be considered.

What To Do When Your Kid Says 'It's Not Fair!'

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Fair does not mean equal. Fair means doing what each child needs at the time.

Hillary and Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

By mobilizing the nation's leading thinkers, Clinton could tap the spirit of Francis to propel the next great era of shared American prosperity.

For a Fair Society

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Will people feel better if they are promised an end to inequality but get only a haircut for the rich and a limited lift for the poor? I wonder. A fair society might be more within reach.

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.

Égalité Après la Guerre: How War Affects in-Group Fairness

Rob Brooks | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

Told from the point of view of Colonel Georges Picquart, the intelligence officer whose scrupulous honesty finally established Dreyfus' innocence, An Officer and a Spy breathes life into historic events.

Joseph's Coat and Jacob's Gift Tax

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

His older brothers are jealous of Joseph because of Jacob's favoritism, and perhaps angry at Joseph because he is an arrogant, insensitive, tattle-tale (Gen 37: 2). But that is not sufficient to explain their willingness to murder him.

Let's Debate Social Media Communication Ethics

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Social media communication tools and practices are beginning to mature, so it makes sense to discuss and debate values that underlie behavior.

Amazon Mechanical Jerk

Zoe Chaves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Zoe Chaves

The marching orders "think like an Industrialist" and Amazon's Mechanical Turk destroyed my integrity in just an afternoon. I'm still trying to figure out the cheapest way to get it back.

Why I Gossip at Work (and You Should Too)

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Sure, it pales in comparison to coveting thy neighbor, but the Bible does warn us that we should "not go about spreading slander." And if your mother is like mine, she probably told you that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say it at all. But what if our moms were wrong?

Is It Rational to Be Selfish

Denise Cummins, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Denise Cummins, Ph.D.

The take-home message from this body of research is this: What counts as a fair transaction depends in large part on perceived relative social status -- where the parties stand in their perceived hierarchy and how they believe they got there.

Fairness Is Love's Currency

Wendy Strgar | Posted 11.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Fairness is a measure of the heart. It comes when we trust that there is enough for everyone and when we really get that there is no other -- no over there, but rather that we are all in this together.

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...