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The Hunter Biden Thing

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Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)..This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. The New York Post grabbed media attention recently. They purport to have acquired Hunter Biden’s laptop containing emails damning to Joe Biden. This story has also been suppressed on Facebook and Twitter because of issues with its sourcing and general credibility. This matter raises an array of important issues relevant to philosophy. As always, I will present my principles and arguments while also noting possible objections and counters to my views. I am aware this is largely pointless from a practical standpoint; but it is a matter of ethics and professionalism. The first point of concern is the matter of profiting from family connections to people holding public office. I do agree with the obvious fact: Hunter Biden profited from being the son of Joe Biden because there was no other reason for the deal he received. Even if Joe Biden did not actively aid his son and even if this deal did not influence him, allowing this sort of exploitation of connections is morally problematic because it opens the door wide to corruption. I have also consistently argued that there should be robust laws with meaningful punishments to deter such corruption. If Biden was actively involved in this matter, then this would be one more moral mark against him to add to the stack. If he was not actively involved, then this would not be a mark against him personally—after all, a person is not morally accountable. . .

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