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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Brooks' Best

David Brooks has been much maligned, and justly so, for some amazingly silly columns he has recently produced, but today he redeemed himself somewhat. His latest column playfully asks how Jeremy Bentham and David Hume would approach questions regarding the government's approach to health insurance and greenhouse emissions policy. This is Brooks at his best. Highly recommended! David Hume is easily my all-time favorite philosopher and I abhor Bentham's cold-blooded utilitarianism. Throughout the article I kept approving (as I suspect Brooks does) Hume's position as obviously superior, but in the end Brooks brought me back to earth by noting that governmental authorities invariably gravitate toward Bentham.

Check it out here.