Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Allegiance

The only value we should hold as fundamental in political philosophy is truth (not liberty/autonomy nor anything else); it is the only value we should refuse to compromise in political discourse, and to which we would accept any and every loss of other types of utility. Regardless of what we would gain as a movement or as a society, we must not lie to achieve those ends. Fortunately, with the right habits, truth is not a very jealous value; a society that is very honest about its history and its doings (even if it is only moderately forthright/open) is not made ugly by that commitment. Most other values demand terrible sacrifices when taken to extremes.

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