A National Ethics Agenda (2003-04)
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Disparities in Income and Wealth
In the United States, the gap between the incomes of rich and poor people
has grown substantially since the 1970s, and wealth inequality has shown
a parallel increase. Globally, inequalities between rich and poor countries
are also apparent, challenging us to consider whether extreme and persistent
disparities violate ethical norms. Read
the text of William Sundstrom’s presentation on Addressing Disparities
in Income and Wealth.
Political Leadership: Speaking Hard Truths
As the recent California recall campaign and election demonstrate, many
are unhappy with the quality of leadership among our politicians. But
providing ethical leadership may well mean telling people what they don't
want to hearand possibly facing the wrath of the electorate. Read
the text of Judy Nadler’s presentation on Ethical Political Leadership:
Speaking Hard Truths.
the Ethical Dilemmas Facing Governing Boards
From corporations to universities to not-for-profit organizations, governing
boards have recently come under intense scrutiny. Owners and the public
rely on these boards to guide organizations toward their goals and to
prevent improper behavior. To encourage accountability, we need to identify
and understand the difficult ethical decisions all directors and trustees
Privacy and Other Rights
Santa Clara University Philosophy Professor Michael Meyer says, "Human
beings are entitled to a basic respect, which requires some attention
to their privacy." But privacy is not an absolute right. It must
be balanced with other important values such as security and free speech.
Public Dialogue: Media and Citizen Responsibilities
Journalists and citizens each have responsibilities for the quality of
public debate. But too often journalists fail to give citizens the information
they need, and too often, citizens hear only what they want to hear. Read
the text of Jerry Ceppos’s presentation on Improving Public Dialogue:
Media and Citizen Responsibilities.
and Stewarding Water Resources
Protecting our natural resources is a goal that sometimes takes a back
seat to more pressing issues. But in the long term, our stewardship of
oceans and rivers, our fairness in allocating water will have just as
much influence on our future as the prosecution of war or the improvement
of the economy. Read the text of Judy Nadler’s
presentation on Allocating and Stewarding Water Resources.
the Ethics Agenda