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Shepherds and Sheep

GatoLuchador Wrote: Feb 26, 2013 2:12 PM
That's not even the best argument. At least, we take for granted that our parents have our best interest at heart. But to give up individual rights and personal responsibility to elected officials? Who can then use deadly force? Who says they'll have your best interests at heart? What turns them into angels when they win elections? What will guarantee to stop even a pious person from getting corrupted by power?
John Stuart Mill's classic essay "On Liberty" gives reasons why some people should not be taking over other people's decisions about their own lives. But Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard has given reasons to the contrary. He cites research showing "that people make a lot of mistakes, and that those mistakes can prove extremely damaging."

Professor Sunstein is undoubtedly correct that "people make a lot of mistakes." Most of us can look back over our own lives and see many mistakes, including some that were very damaging.

What Cass Sunstein does not tell us is what sort of creatures, other than people, are...