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Since fertility isn’t linked to one’s calibre as a parent, the state can only be justified in placing conditions on all prospective parents, regardless of fertility status. PROBunches and Bits {Karina}/Flickr

States have no right to stop anyone wanting to access IVF

Should people who need subsidised medical assistance to conceive have to show the state they will be good parents? This ethicist argues such checks are discriminatory.
Herbert Diess, chairman of Volkswagen’s passenger cars brand, fronts the media ahead of his meeting at the European Commission. Yves Herman/Reuters

Volkswagen outrage shows limits of corporate power

Why would anyone accept that corporations could possibly be responsible and ethical in the first place?
Award winning documentary The Wolfpack raises questions about the ethics of documentary filmmaking. © 2015 Wolfpack Project, LLC. Madman Films

Wolfpack and the ethics of documentary filmmaking

Award winning film The Wolfpack tells the story of five brothers who've spent most of their lives confined to a New York apartment. It raises questions about the ethics of documentary filmmaking.
This Occupy Toronto sign sums up the sentiment, but people are also moving on from capitalism in practice by such means as digitally enabled collaboration and the sharing economy. flickr/Eric Parker

After capitalism, what comes next? For a start, ethics

While some find it hard to imagine life after capitalism, the digitally connected people of the world have begun embracing a new set of ethical concerns requiring new types of economies.
Most of us can’t bend it like Beckham, for various reasons. But is that necessarily the worst thing? Reuters/Ben Nelms

Why equality of opportunity is neither possible nor desirable

Rather than hold on to the idea of equality of opportunity, it might be more accurate to say that we don’t really support it because it comes at too high a price.
What is it worth? NASA/Bill Anders

The Banality of Ethics in the Anthropocene, Part 2

You can read part 1 of this essay here. Yesterday in Part 1 I argued that the most enduring of the great crimes of the 20th century will surely prove to be human disruption of the Earth’s climate. Its…

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