Today in History: On January 18, 2003 over 500,000 protestors showed up in Washington D.C. in opposition to the United States’ planned invasion of Iraq. The protest was the largest in American history since the protests of the Vietnam War. Protests were held around the world in opposition to the war. Over 150,000 showed up in San Francisco and smaller rallies were held in Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, and London. Despite strong opposition to the war, the United States would attack Iraq two months later.
The veil of ignorance and original position are concepts introduced by John Rawls in A Theory of Justice. It is a method of determining the morality of a certain issue (e.g. slavery) based upon the following principle: imagine that societal roles were completely re-fashioned and redistributed, and that from behind the veil of ignorance, one does not know what role they will be reassigned.
Washington, DC is looking to change the name of Pennsylvania Ave. to reflect the district’s struggle for statehood. I don’t really see how changing the President’s address to “1600 Give D.C. Statehood Avenue” will produce the desired affect, but go for it DC Council. You’ve already accomplished everything else.
According to Washington City Paper, “Paul Strauss, the District’s shadow senator, said any change must be easily understandable for visitors who don’t already know the city’s plight. He recalled often meeting tourists who believe D.C. license plates reading ‘Taxation Without Representation’ are merely a patriotic reference to America’s independence.”