On Plastic Straws and the Preferential Option

I have watched with curiosity over the past couple of weeks as a debate emerged within my social media circles. First, there was an outpouring of support for the city of Seattle when it legislated a ban on plastic straws in all its restaurants, with San Francisco and New York not far behind.  Several private corporations also announced their intent to eliminate plastic straws, including Starbucks, Hyatt, and American Airlines. These were all seen as environmental victories, and one with a particularly emotional charge thanks to a 2015 viral video that featured the painful, bloody removal of a straw...

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