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  •  I suspect operative vs. historical (5+ / 0-)

    I don't know, of course, but your definitions sound operative -- as if they have come from the ways the words have been used, especially since 1980 -- granting good will to the speakers. In other words, you are speaking of the words as they have come to be employed.

    As you say, that is fine, but it becomes a different discussion.

    Specifically, it allows capital to be the axis along which we decide social policy. I cannot say that that is the wrong basis, but it is a particular one. One commentator said, once (can't remember to attribute properly) that it makes us a government by Wal-Mart shoppers (or perhaps it was long enough ago that it was K-Mart shoppers). Do we decide on "right and wrong" or "right and expensive?"

    Do we ask for efficiency or effectiveness or total cost or moral or ethical outcomes? Each is a possible basis, of course, and we have to watch out when folks switch up on us, when, in the middle of a discussion about the right thing, someone says, "But it's expensive" or "But it's wasteful." Those are legitimate, but separate, discussions.

    It's maximally efficient to exile the terminally ill, but it is morally reprehensible. It is most efficient to have breeding programs for people, but it is ethically and morally unacceptable. I think each politician scores points by pushing a single access, if it's advantageous, and clouding the issue by switching, if that's advantageous, and those who represent profits have had the stage too long.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 06:15:58 AM PDT

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