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- When to Reopen the Nation is an Ethics Question—Not Only a Scientific One
Posted on April 28, 2020
As the world reels from the Covid-19 pandemic, two things have become very clear: the health impacts of the disease are devastating, but the aggressive social distancing policies currently being used to flatten the curve also have serious costs. As a result, the question of when and how to reopen the nation is on everyone’s mind. Do we open quickly in an effort to kick-start the economy? Or do we remain under lockdown as long as possible to stop the spread of the virus?
- Bloomberg, Nannying, and the Symbolic Value of Food Choice
Posted on December 20, 2013
I mostly agree with Lawrence Gostin’s paean to outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Hastings Center Report. Like Gostin, I see Bloomberg as a public health innovator who has tested the boundaries of government power in productive ways. Gostin helpfully summarizes—and then refutes—the ethical objections commonly raised to Bloomberg’s policies, including the… Read more