I for one have always felt the need to answer in the affirmative. Take the great political debates of our time for instance. One man sees the corruptions pursuant to the centralization of all power, all the while appearing near to blind to many of the injustices which make centralization appear friendly to naive idealists. The other, while denying that such centralization was his aim (indeed going so far as to think himself a sort of ill-defined anarchist), never ceased to support those movements which made centralization, i.e., the reliance on centralized power to cure such injustices, logically inevitable.

Only those who make traditional moral criteria the measure of all judgments and of such easy ideological positions can, it seems to me, see through the brilliant non sequiturs of polar flanks and propose moral solutions.

But many seem to think that’s too much to ask.

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