Re: Reilly's Rant

Anton Sherwood (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 20:52:35 -0700

> >>What somebody does is more important than how they do it.

> On Mon, 9 Mar 1998 Reilly Jones <> Wrote:
> >This is a restatement of tyranny's favorite rationalization for
> >dealing out mayhem and injustice. The original is "the ends justify
> >the means."

John K Clark wrote:
> Does the end sometimes justify the means?
> Yes.
> Does the end always justify the means?
> No.
> Is the idea that examining the phrase "the ends justifies the means" can lead
> to an important conclusion about anyone or anything completely idiotic ?
> Yes.

The phrase is so staggeringly idiotic on its face that I suspect I'm
misunderstanding it. It appears to mean "side-effects never count".
Can even a Marxist believe something so silly?

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