Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Legality, Beside the Point

Nobody asked but. ..

The pundit cosmos queries, "Is it illegal?" A considerate homo sapiens counters, "Is it moral?"  A proper society, a nation of laws, arises because humans desire moral order.  A "legality" process, diverted to lesser uses, often confounds the only useful goal.  (NB -- Here, we define "useful" as  serving a distinct, unique purpose with a minimum of undesired consequences.  "Net usefulness" is not a useful notion.)  Restating Ockham's Razor -- the laws that most closely attain a true moral outcome are the laws that are most likely just.

-- Kilgore Forelle

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