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In the previous post in this series, I wrote:
To progressives, it seems a given that of course we must do something to alleviate the suffering that the financial collapse and economic downturn have the inflicted on millions of Americans. That's the moral response to human suffering: Do something about it. Most of our complaints about the current state of our politics is that too little has been done in this regard.
Yet, the moral response to suffering and the circumstances — whether a crisis or unfortunate circumstance — depends on your point of view.
"Do something" and "Do nothing," are statements that both reflect and answer the question, "Should we?."
Both raise questions that demand justification: "Why?" and "Why not?"
Recent headlines underscore the difference between doing something and doing nothing, and why progressive and conservative answers the second question — "Should we" — are so starkly different. more »
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