“The Post-9/11 Ethics of Captain America: Civil War

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Pacific-Standard interviews friend of the Gutter Mark D. White about Marvel’s Civil War and how it illustrates ethical conflicts. “Civil War goes back to these classic ideas of liberty versus security that we, at least in America, have been dealing with intensely since 9/11. When it comes to the Patriot Act, the National Security Agency, and the Transportation Security Administration, how far are we willing to go to weaken or sacrifice our personal liberties in the spirit of increasing our security? That’s a constant battle, often put in terms of silly things like, should we have to take our shoes off in the airport? But now it’s becoming more issues of surveillance — take the controversy about having cell phones locked against government surveillance.”

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