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The Ethics of Opposition Research I: The Basics

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Opposition research is the gathering of information intended to damage or discredit political adversaries. While the intent to find damaging or discrediting information might seem to be morally problematic, it can also be morally neutral or even morally laudable. If the intent is simply to damage adversaries for political advantage, then this is certainly not laudable—but it need not be morally wrong. After all, the sport of politics is about winning and good might come from using opposition research to damage a bad adversary. If the intent is to provide citizens with relevant and true information so they can make informed decisions, then this would be morally laudable. After all, true and relevant information would allow for better decision making and this would tend to produce better results than making decisions with false or irrelevant information. Embed from Getty. . .

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