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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Golden Rule, Reformulated

Check out my latest at the Partial Observer. Excerpt:

Humility also has political ramifications. Before saying "There ought to be a law!" against this or that supposedly harmful activity, a dose of humility is helpful:

  • How do I know that a law will actually curb this behavior?
  • I may find this behavior disgusting and unhealthy, but are the people engaged in it violating other people's rights?
  • My intentions are good, because I will be saving people from this destructive behavior – but is it really merciful and compassionate to throw them in jail instead?

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