Ethics

Marx and morals

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What does Marxism say about ethics? Mark L Thomas argues that Marx had a coherent theory of ethics that can overcome the contradictions of bourgeois morality, which is the subject of a new book by Paul Blackledge

When David Cameron or Iain Duncan Smith offers moral lectures to the poor about the merits of hard work and independence, socialists understandably turn away in disgust at their hypocrisy. It is wrong, they tell us, to "live off the state", yet the bankers who made millions speculating in financial markets but turned to government to bail them out when their bets went bad, are barely chided.

Clones Maketh a man?

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John Parrington examines the controversy over the cloning of human embryos.

A controversial area of science that has hardly been out of the spotlight since the birth of its leading lady - Dolly the sheep - is cloning. The recent announcement that scientists have succeeded in cloning a human embryo has reignited the simmering debate about the issue. The US biotechnology firm responsible, Advanced Cell Technology (Act) says its intention is not to produce a cloned baby. Instead it aims to produce cloned embryos as a source of human stem cells. These have the unique property of being able to mature into any cell type in the body.

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