Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Life Preservers

In a response to this stupid bullshit Jacob T. Levy quotes himself and I like it:
In a world filled with states, officeholders and officials should view themselves as having political responsibility as analyzed by Weber, which is much like [David] Miller’s remedial responsibility. They wield power that is not morally legitimated by its origins; the power exists because of morally neutral historical and social accidents. What remains is moral responsibility for what is done with the power.

State officials then confront a world in which their authority gives them unusual power over outcomes. In a world full of drowning children, they are unusually likely to have access to life preservers.


Smut Clyde said...

State provision of life preservers will merely encourage children to drown.

Substance McGravitas said...

Why can't the children have their own life-preserver stand? A nickel a life-preserver?

M. Bouffant said...

That was funny, the hrs.of discourse & electrons wasted on the basis of an Onion item.

Funny, yet pathetic beyond rational belief.