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Steven Mintz
United States
I'm a speaker and consultant on ethics issues and author of a book, Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Can Happiness Be Taught? Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar has taught Harvard University’s most popular course: a course on Positive Psychology; that is, he taught his students how to be happy. The course, called PSY 1504 – Positive Psychology,is described as follows: “The course focuses on the psychological aspects of a fulfilling... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Examples of Organizations and CEOs Canceled for Their Words and Actions I have previously blogged about a variety of issues related to the cancel culture including its characteristics, harms and benefits, relationship to being woke and other topics. In today’s blog I examine how the cancel culture has affected the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
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The Cancel Culture: Did Obama Get It Right? Several weeks ago, former President Barack Obama was interviewed about youth activism at the Obama Foundation summit. He took on the woke culture that is spreading among the younger generations by saying: “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and your... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Being “Woke” is Used as an Excuse to Stifle the Free Speech of Others The Randolph, New Jersey Board of Education vote to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar and replace them with “Day Off” illustrates how far down the black hole the cancel culture has... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Considerations in Mandating Covid-19 Vaccination Can an employer mandate a Covid-19 vaccination of employees to return to work? There is no federal law specifically addressing that issue. The matter remains up to private businesses, state, or other local laws. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. employers could require all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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PARTICIPATE IN CANCEL CULTURE SURVEY Please note that I am conducting a survey on the cancel culture and request you participate by opening this URL. Your responses are anonymous and will enable us to better understand the meaning of the cancel culture, forms of cancelling, and what can be done... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Giving Voice to Values The benefits of the Giving Voice to Values approach to ethical decision making is it involves students directly by providing them with the tools to speak out against improper behavior. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis in a sterile way, the GVV curriculum focuses on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Pew Research Center Survey of How Americans View the Cancel Culture Does it Violate Free Speech? According to a Pew Research Center Survey of How Americans View the Cancel Culture, 44 percent of U.S. adults have heard at least a fair amount about “cancel culture”. They were also asked what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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How Should We Hold Him Accountable? Yesterday I blogged about Former President Donald Trump's inciteful comments that stoked the fires of dissent and led to the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. Many people claim that former President Donald Trump should be canceled because of his words and actions. Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Being Accountable for Your Words and Actions Lots of people ask me how the idea of a cancel culture come about it. I answer that it is a offshoot of “political correctness.” Political correctness (PC) refers to language that avoids offending persons of various genders, races, sexual orientations, cultures, or... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Freedom of Expression Last week I blogged about the cancel culture in the workplace and how corporations and their employers should react when a group of workers wants to cancel an employee(ees). This week I drill down on the idea that the cancel culture portends conflicts ahead for employers that... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Evaluating the Rightness and Wrongness of the Cancel Culture I recently blogged about the various ways of examining the cancel culture and its effects on society from calling someone out for their words and actions, to boycotting them and shunning them from society and everything in between. In today’s blog... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Cancel Culture: What it is Intolerance in society is being fueled by the cancel culture. The cancel culture is mainly an internet phenomenon where those offended by the comments of another party become denounced online by those who object to the behavior. It is one form of a cultural boycott... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Academic Freedom Under Attack When we think of the cancel culture what comes to mind right away is how social media is used to call someone out for their words or actions as offensive to a group. Those offended go on social media and start a firestorm of criticism against... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Understanding Political Correctness, Group Think, and the Cancel Culture Few terms have been more confusing to me than “virtue signaling.” First, is it spelled with two “ls” or one? It seems the Brits use two l’s and the U.S. one. Nevertheless, the meaning of the word is what is most... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Summing Up the Cancel Culture and Political Correctness When we think of the cancel culture what comes to mind right away is how social media is used to call someone out for their words or actions as offensive to a group. Those offended go on social media and start a... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Is America a Racist Country? Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans. Critical race theorists believe that political liberalism was incapable of adequately addressing... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Bullying and the Cancel Culture Last week I blogged about the history of the cancel culture, how social media plays a role, the cancel culture and workplace ethics, and how the cancel culture teams together with the woke culture to shame certain people for their words or actions. In today’s... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Cultural Shift in America Are you woke? No, I do not mean just awaken from a deep sleep. In today’s parlance I mean awoken to sensitive social issues, such as racism. The term ‘woke’ is at the center of many of the contentious political, social, and cultural debates right now.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Denying Free Speech or an Expression of Capitalism? Yesterday I looked at the history of the cancel culture. In today's blog I examine how social media impacts the cancel culture. Social media posts reflect the historical movement from offline to online cancel culture including bullying behavior. When we think of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Should Schools Change the Names of Their Buildings to Placate the Cancel Culture My blog last Monday addressed the benefits and harms of the cancel culture that seeks to embarrass a person or group for their offensive comments or actions. Today, I look out when it is (or should be)... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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The Thought Police in the Workplace According to Dictionary.com, “Cancel culture is the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures or companies after doing something offensive or deemed to be so by one group or another. When someone has been “canceled,” it means they cease to exist to... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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The Dangers of the Cancel Culture This is the first of a series of blogs on the cancel culture. It is, arguably, the most important issue of the day with respect to free speech and an open exchange of ideas. The cancel culture seeks to call out individuals whose words... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Characteristic Traits of Behavior Make Women More Moral Than Men I have previously blogged about women and the glass ceiling and how they have been lagging in C-Suite positions. Along comes a research study from the Harvard Business Review that seems to show an increase in gender diversity but raises... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Should Corporations Spend Their Money in This Way? Is this the way shareholders want their corporations to spend their invested dollars? Is it a socially responsible act to lobby against states, like Georgia, that pass so-called “restrictive” voter laws? Or is it a socially irresponsible act taken by CEOs who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at Ethics Sage