Ethical Summaries Discussion

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6 Ethical Scenarios/ Summaries

 1. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, three American pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations, have developed vaccines for the covid 19 virus.  Ezekiel  Emanuel, an architect of the Affordable Care Act under President Obama, co-authored a paper encouraging government officials to follow a “Fair Priority Model” which calls for a “fair international distribution”, eschewing “vaccine nationalism.”  What ethical responsibility, if any, does the government of the United States have in ensuring that the vaccine is made initially available to all citizens of the United States (before all others)?  What ethical responsibility does the government of the United States have in making the vaccine available to the remaining citizens of “the world”? 

2. By all accounts there is a humanitarian disaster along the southern border of the United States.  For all practical purposes the northern border with Canada is still closed (for non-essential travel), as is the southern border with Mexico.  In reality, the southern border is extremely porous.  The government of the United States, in order to “protect” its citizenry,  is greatly encouraging the distribution of the vaccines as widely as is possible.  At the same time, the government is relocating  many of the “undocumented” who have crossed the border, who have not been tested for covid 19, into the interior of the country.  Is there any (logical) inconsistency in these actions?

3. Were you bothered/ distressed by the fact the many retail stores in various American cities were boarded up prior to last November’s election?  Some shop owners painted “We support Black Lives Matter” on the boards covering the windows.  Why do you think the proprietors of these shops felt these actions were necessary?  Would you have taken these actions if you were the proprietor one of these shops? Why, or why not?

4.  A brief study of history shows that, experientially and verifiably, black lives have not mattered as much as other lives.  Given this truth, there are many individuals who have a great desire to show that “black lives (do) matter” to them.  It is also true, however, that many individuals have an extremely difficult time supporting the organization, “Black Lives Matter.”  To what degree have we progressed in our desire to make our country “a more perfect union”?  What advice would you give to a person who wanted to support the former, without supporting the latter?  How do you feel when you hear, or read, this great exhortation of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”? 

5. In the minds of many, the new voting regulations in the State of Georgia are a return to the era of Jim Crow.  In the minds of many others, these new regulations are an important step to correct obvious flaws.  Given that the attempt to deny a legal voter his or her right to vote is as serious and as egregious as allowing an illegal voter the right to vote, AND VICE VERSA, do you believe voter ID is a legitimate issue to codify?  If a photo ID is provided by a state free of charge, and the state is willing to “come to you”, free of charge, in order to provide this service, do you believe a photo ID/ verification of one’s identity is a “just” requirement of law? 

6.  Kyle Rittenhouse is a 17 year-old facing homicide charges in Wisconsin stemming from the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last August.  (The trial has now been delayed until, at least, October 2021)  The following is a paragraph from The Philadelphia Inquirer dated Saturday, August 29, 2020.  The article was titled:  “Two views of teen homicide suspect.” To some, Rittenhouse is a domestic terrorist whose very presence with a rifle incited the protestors.  But others- who have become frustrated with demonstrations and unrest across the country- see him as a hero who took up arms to protect people who were unguarded. Do you think Kyle was a terrorist or a hero? Why, or why not?

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