Filed under: Environment, Health Care, Law | Tags: Deliberation, Democrat Demagogues
I ran across this quotation today embedded in an article that I did not read, by an author I don’t remember. I know nothing about the book except that it seems to be very expensive and it was recommended highly by the person who linked to the essay containing the quote. [How is that for confusing!]
Nevertheless, it is a wonderful quote! We should all print it out and send it to the entire crew at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, Michael Mann and the other shameful scientists of ClimateGate.
Jeremy Waldron’s Law and Disagreement.
The more dangerous temptation is not to pretend an opposing view does not exist, but to treat it as beneath notice in respectable deliberation by assuming it is ignorant or prejudiced or self-interested or based on insufficient contemplation of moral reality. Such an attitude embodies the idea that since truth in matters of justice, right, or policy is singular and consensus is its natural embodiment, some special explanation — some factor of deliberative pathology, such as the lingering taint of self-interest — is required to explain disagreement, which explanation can then be cited as a reason for putting the deviant view to one side.
And perhaps to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Barack Obama and everyone involved in the monstrous attempt to control American lives called ObamaCare.
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