Towards a Secure and Effective Emergency Powers Doctrine: A Reflection on the Dark Knight Trilogy

If we could unleash a Batman-like force to solve an emergency of either domestic or international politics, should we? This was a question that occurred to me while recently watching Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Batman’s job is to save the city of Gotham, which is too corrupt to be saved by conventional means. The mob has such a stranglehold on the city that the typical crime fighting institutions cannot bring about justice. Batman decides that in the fight for justice, extrajudicial means are necessary. Acting as a vigilante, he…

Why your vote matters: The moral case for voting

On Nov. 8, millions of Americans cast their votes for president of the United States. There are many things in this election that one can complain about, be it the biggest popular vote – Electoral College split in modern history or the president-elect himself. However, a more banal and unsurprising fact has caught my attention: as in other years, voter turnout was low, particularly when compared to other western democratic countries. Michael McDonald, an associate professor at the University of Florida, estimates that 57.9 percent of eligible voters cast their…