Daniel Davies d_squared_2002 at
Thu Aug 24 00:38:26 PDT 2000

Isaiah Berlin spent a lot of time writing on exactly this sort of issue, but didn't seem to reach any clear, definite conclusion (or maybe that was the point)


>>Carrol Cox:
> There must exist someplace a more or less systematic
account of the tendency of most
> moralistic radical politics to tend towards some
sort of caudillismo and
> authoritarianism. <<

>>Gordon Fitch:
In considering "animal rights" or environmentalism (as with, say, the abolition of slavery not so long ago) one is confronted with the problem of the logic, which leads to extremely inconvenient conclusions in practical life. On discovering this, most people will abandon the logic, or at least blur it. The fanatics who persist shall be convicted of _excessive_ or _premature_ morality, plus other defects (see above).

It is a difficult problem to know when one is being _too_ logical, _too_ moral. No doubt there is a higher metamoral realm somewhere in which these things become clear.<<

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