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Well - both are a subjective exercise of political power. So I'm not sure one is any more insane than the other.

Utilitarianism is rather more practically oriented.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 09:27:22 AM EST
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Except that utilitarianism is based on an exceedingly poor model of human behavior, making it just another Utopian mirage.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 10:09:11 AM EST
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That's better than being based on distilled fluff and rhetoric.

I suppose ideally you'd have explicit legal/political goals, and sanctions/rewards which would be calibrated and tested against an objective and provably accurate assessment of their value.

But why bother when you don't have to progress beyond simple emotionalism?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 10:13:46 AM EST
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