Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Ethic of "Too Big to Fail"

“Those who can be convinced that survival is at stake are likely to agree to almost any remedy, since extinction seems worse than all the alternatives. If placing extraordinary powers in the hands of political leaders will truly stave off the ultimate disaster, then those who demur can be made to appear as enemies of the human race. That is why arguments based on survival are so effective in persuading people to permit actions that violate their moral code.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 181).

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Pilgrim said...

Have you seen that the whole of I.F.D. is on Google Books?

Pilgrim said...

Correction: not the whole thing. But big chunks of it.

John said...

Yeah, I've referenced it once or twice.

I'm all in favor of Google books, what a great way to reference passages and preview books.