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Could the US military legally refuse to follow a legal, but unethical order?

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (articles 90-92) state that a service member will be subject to court martial if he or she "willfully disobeys a lawful command of that person’s superior ...
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What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.?

What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.? The law would need to be passed by the very elected officials who ...
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Why is it ethical for Ambassador Sondland to have been given an ambassadorship for campaign contributions?

This has a long tradition in the US. Before World War II, most ambassadors were actually political appointees rather than career diplomats. Trump might be marginally worse than Obama and reverted back ...
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Could the US military legally refuse to follow a legal, but unethical order?

Unknown, but unlikely. 1973, during the end of Nixon's reign, Harold Hering, twenty-one years into his Air Force career, while serving as a Minuteman missile crewman and expecting a promotion to ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

We're going to find out, in Ball v Johnson. This case is a private prosecution of Boris Johnson for alleged misconduct in public office (as MP and Mayor of London - two public offices). Misconduct in ...
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Are Scott Pruitt's problems over after his resignation?

Pruitt is currently under investigation for upwards of 13 charges. At least one of those investigations, the one in the House Oversight Committee, will continue. The EPA Inspector General, the Office ...
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Why is it ethical for Ambassador Sondland to have been given an ambassadorship for campaign contributions?

The practice of giving ambassadorships purely in exchange for (large) campaign contributions was seen as somewhat problematic even in the US, which passed a law in 1980 attempting to mitigate this. ...
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

If I'm reading this question right, it's assuming that discrimination between a country's own citizens and foreigners is "normal", and is only asking why are not all foreigners [to be] ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

Under very specific circumstances, there is already case law that some lies for gain during elections can be illegal. In the 2010 General Election Phil Woolas originally won the seat of Oldham East ...
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

Citizenship is - definitionally - preferential (or to use your term, discriminatory). The concept of "citizen" only exists in a context where there are "non-citizens". If everyone ...
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Can there be any punishment for POTUS lying?

Lying is not a crime. You and I can lie all the time. If I tell you my name is Will and your name is David there is no punishment for that. Lying is part of free speech and even the President is ...
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Does US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts have recusal power over another Justice if they don't do it themself? (e.g. Clarence Thomas)

No. Recusal as such is an action a judge can only apply to themselves. There may be rules, or requests made by others, recommending or demanding their recusal. But the very meaning of the word "...
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

It is virtually universally accepted that discrimination by a variety of characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc. is not acceptable. Is it? I mean, that ...
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How is Trump getting around the law against appointing relatives?

The short of the answer: The DOJ said it's okay. "In choosing his personal staff, the President enjoys an unusual degree of freedom, which Congress found suitable to the demands of his office,&...
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Why do nations require that police hires be more scrupulous than average?

Policemen are equipped with the power of the state; in many countries, they have a monopoly on violence, which means that the state legitimizes their use of physical force. Because of this, ordinary ...
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How can a country balance its demographics ethically and morally?

In a liberal democracy, it's pretty much politically impossible to outright tell people how many children they should have. But there are nevertheless ways to encourage or discourage births in ...
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Why is it ethical for Ambassador Sondland to have been given an ambassadorship for campaign contributions?

The USA has a long history of doling out top Federal government jobs to political supporters, going back to Andrew Jackson (a very Trump-like figure, I might add). It is a common and accepted part of ...
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What non-public information did Senator Burr have when he decided to sell his stock?

The information that US intelligence services warned about a likely pandemic. It's one thing to know that there was one case in Washington or a lockdown in China, but another to know if an informed ...
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Why is it ethical for Ambassador Sondland to have been given an ambassadorship for campaign contributions?

Ambassadors are different from a lot of other appointments, in many cases they serve as a representative of the state rather than of the government; their role is largely ceremonial. In the US having ...
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If a US supreme court nominee is selected by political opportunism, does the nominee ignoring that demonstrate insufficient ethics for the job?

No, it is not an issue. Assuming the nominee has not personally engaged in unethical acts (such as offering a quid pro quo for appointment) then they haven't done anything wrong and therefore have no ...
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Can the President put his assets in a blind trust managed by his family members?

To answer the question, no, one probably can't put assets into a blind trust managed by one's own adult children. I don't believe anyone has ever actually tried that, but it would probably fail if ...
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What non-public information did Senator Burr have when he decided to sell his stock?

The reason for the public outrage at Senator Burr and Loeffler's actions is that they continued to publicly support the party line that everything was under control and that Coronavirus was not a ...
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Can there be any punishment for POTUS lying?

US Presidents can't be criminally prosecuted, and the biggest punishment that applies to him/her is impeachment. A President could be impeached by a majority in the House, and the Senate tries the ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

Political speeches are not given under oath, and there is no general ban on lying, using deceptive speech, bending the truth, being economical with the truth. These are not explicitly disallowed. The ...
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Are there anti-abortion leftist groups?

It's worth remembering that historically abortion was substantially restricted (you could say "banned") in at least one Soviet-sphere country, i.e. Ceausescu's Romania. Ceausescu's "...
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

Simply because the state is the entity that discriminates, and citizenship is a quality intrinsic to the state. This is not the case for race, gender, religion or other protected characteristics.
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What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.?

As Arcanist Lupus posted the big issue is that those elected officials are the ones who would be required to pass the vote but there are other issues as well. It would be unconstitutional to prohibit ...
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The ethics related to social Darwinism and Darwinism

If you want an overview the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a page on evolutionary ethics that provides an excellent start. However, if you are only interested specifically in social darwinism ...
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Has there been an increase in cynical (or realpolitik-y) US public opinion of politicians since Trump took power?

Gallup tracks trust in government with a variety of questions, the relevant data that's available doesn't say much since there's only one data point for the Trump administration and most of answers ...
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Is it legal for an elected official to sign a contract binding him to vote in a particular way, if no value is exchanged?

The contract does not give the candidate anything in exchange for that vote or agreement to introduce legislation (as this would obviously be bribery) In that case there is no contract. In order for ...
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