What is Unfair?


So, the last Blog Council-

Foster(This: NOT this:)

and Ronjohn (This: NOT this: )

Decided this week would be interesting to use the blog to tie into the theme of fairness and justice.  Now, we all know, especially those of us who read lots of posts, that it is nice to have a DIVERSITY of topics.  So, here is how this week will work.

Write about a law that you would argue is unfair or unjust.  Describe the law and what about it is either unfair or unjust.  Extra coolness factor for linking your analysis to some of the ideas about ethics of justice or fairness.

BUT, you need to check the blog.  Your post must be a DIFFERENT law than any other posted.  So, to make life easier, please make sure you use the tag and category “Law.”  Also, please add a comment to THIS POST with the title and/or law of your post.

Oh yeah, good post to use a poll on. 

Below the fold, I will offer up a list for people who are stuck.Here is a possible list of laws I can think of that some people may argue or unfair for one reason or another.  If you google these, I think you will find news or opinions.  You can also use WordPress’ search (the little magnifying glass in upper left if you are logged in.  I just tired unfair law and got 100,000 hits).   If you are stuck, ask me or someone else for ideas.  Here is a starter list I threw together.

  • Eminent Domain Seizure of Property for the Keystone Pipeline
  • Exemption of Companies Owning Nuclear Power Plants from Liability in the Case of Catastrophic Accidents
  • Restrictions on Abortion Access
  • Allowing Abortion (Roe v Wade)
  • The current repeal of the estate tax or the existence of the estate tax (this can be two- one for each side).
  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Dodd-Frank Financial Reform
  • Affordable Care Act requirement to purchase insurance or requiring insurers to not deny those with pre-existing coverage.
  • Baseball’s monopoly exemption
  • Pastors who think they should be able to endorse candidates from the pulpit (I saw this one today- IRS threatens churches’ tax-exempt status if they enter politics).
  • Aspects of campaign finance law
  • Using property tax to fund k-12 education
  • Exemption of OTC derivatives from regulation
  • Defense of Marriage Act
  • Work requirements for welfare
  • Capital Gains tax rate (too high?  too low?)
  • Are women forbidden from combat roles by law?
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About Jordi

I am an assistant professor in the Management School at Bucknell University. I specialize in organization theory, social networks, and studying the network society. I have three children, including twins. They love bouncing on the couch, legos, music, and my waffles. My wife teaches English at the same university. I am interested in most things, but these days, networks, social entrepreneurs, the environment, innovation, and virtual worlds. Finding Hidden Abodes and Shaking Iron Cages since 1972

27 thoughts on “What is Unfair?

  1. Here you should put the title/topic of your post. If I get to it, I might do mine, for example, on the capital gains tax rate (it is higher than the payroll tax rate like FICA).

  2. Bioethics of “Savior Sibilings” (genetically creating a child to save the life of another genetically matched child)

  3. I think its UNFAIR that restaurants and bars don’t get to decide if they are a smoking or non-smoking establishment

  4. my topic is going to be the current drinking age of 21 and why it is unfair. Shown from research and personal opinion. It’ll be good so don’t take this topic!….or else.

  5. I will be writing about Kyleigh’s law which requires individuals with probationary licenses to put a sticker on their car identifying themselves. This also had effects on the other restrictions on probationary licenses.

  6. I will be doing Online Poker’s ability to operate with real money play and their nonstop, drag out fight against Congress to allow them that opportunity,

  7. I am going to discuss the debate over marijuana and it’s legalization in the United States as a controlled substance used for recreational purposes. I believe it is unfair for the federal government to limit the use of marijuana, especially for medical reasons.

  8. I wrote my post on airport security. What I found most horrifying is not the search without a warrant, but instead the racial profiling that occurs on the airport security line.

  9. I wrote about similar laws that exist in several states that protect doctors from being sued if they withhold medical information about a pregnancy that might cause a woman to seek an abortion.

  10. I wrote about a new provision to Arizona’s immigration law that allows police to question (based solely on personal judgment) a person who they suspect may be in the country illegally.

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