Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

A National Ethics Agenda (2005-06)

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Immigration: Should the Rules Change?
"Let no one be in doubt that the rules of the game are changing. If you come to our country from abroad, don't meddle in extremism." So declared British Prime Minister Tony Blair in announcing new measures to restrict immigration for anyone espousing terrorism or violence. But do the rules need to change? And is it fair if they do?
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Energy: What Is the Real Cost of Oil?
Americans are reeling from increases in the price of oil and gas, but the cost of energy goes beyond dollars and cents. Our dependence on fossil fuels causes environmental damage, distorts our foreign policy, and exacerbates the gap between haves and have-nots.
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Executive Compensation: Are Outsize Pay Packages Contributing to Corporate Malfeasance?
In addition to the equity issues raised by big pay gaps between executives and line workers, enormous compensation packages for executives, especially when they include large option grants, may create incentives for bad behavior.

Advise and Consent: What Are the Ethics of Confirmation?
Confirmation battles over President Bush's nominees have seemed to drag through the Senate, especially battles over judicial appointments. The president's and the Senate's role in appointments, which are constitutional and political issues, also raise questions about the ethics of the process.
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Students Left Behind: Is It Ever Okay to Give up on a Child?
Concerns about student safety and learning have led to the adoption of a "zero tolerance" approach to discipline at many schools. But the policy has sometimes resulted in shutting children out of school. In 2003-04, the last year for which statistics are available, 21,501 students were expelled from California schools. What do we owe these children?

Heroism: On Whose Shoulders Should We Stand?
Heroes are the often larger-than-life symbols of a society's values. Whether a society's heroes are martyrs or rock stars, soldiers or scientists, has an impact on the ideals that culture will pursue.
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