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Shepherds and Sheep

USNbubblehead Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 10:17 AM
"Implicit in the wide range of efforts on the left to get government to take over more of our decisions for us is the assumption that there is some superior class of people who are either wiser or nobler than the rest of us." The idea that some elite, all-knowing oligarchy decides which predefined 'groups' have what rights and what portion of resources is at the very heart of the concept of 'social justice.' The idea was originated with the stoics of ancient Greece. Rights are defined by membership in a group and that group's status among other groups. It is completely contradictory to the concept of 'natural rights' which we base our liberties upon.
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...