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Let Justice Roll Down

Parsing right and wrong with political philosopher Michael Sandel

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Every new year, Jews are told to seek forgiveness for the “sins we have sinned.” It sounds fairly straight forward, but it’s not, especially for people who are prone to over-thinking. On what basis should we judge our behavior and those sins? The Bible? An internal moral compass? And how broad should our self-examination be? Are we looking only at how we treat our parents, or should we also consider our neighbors, our community, our fellow citizens, or perhaps all living beings?

Michael Sandel cannot answer those questions. He’s neither a rabbi nor a scholar of Jewish thought (at least, not by profession); he’s a professor of government at Harvard. He is, however, very good at explaining ways of thinking about right and wrong, as the many thousands of undergraduates who have taken his course on justice can attest. He spoke with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry about health care, Wall Street bonuses, and other collisions of politics and ethics.

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Michael Sandel + Robert Kennedy = a bit of inspiration on the day after Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat has gone to a Republican who is likely to be a major player in opposing the ideals of John, Robert and Edward Kennedy.

A bit of inspiration.

“Tablet” is quickly becoming one of my absolute-must sources.

In the best traditions, that this site does reflect, you are communicating through so much static of so many misled and misleading messages.

Yes. Humor has to be there to lift us us out of the gloom. Yes. News we would not know otherwise. Yes. Attention to children, old stories, seemingly merely interesting facts. Yes. The whole story of what goes to make us who we are and help us to be closer to who we wish we might be.

Please remember that what you are doing, does matter.

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Let Justice Roll Down

Parsing right and wrong with political philosopher Michael Sandel

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