Statements suggesting internment of Arabs legally actionable?
Chambers Jr, Henry L.
ChambersH at MISSOURI.EDU
Fri Sep 28 10:04:10 PDT 2001
Mitchell Berman wrote:
>>. . . Rationality
judgments occupy only a tiny corner of evaluative judgments generally; I
take Sandy and Eugene to have been urging that it disserves conceptual
clarity, as well as candor in moral and political argument, to masquerade
(potentially controversial) judgments about substantive value as claims
that given conduct is irrational.>>>
True, but rationality must have some content greater than what has been
suggested. For example, if we believe that internment stops an individual's
ability to commit terrorist acts, it would be rational to intern any
individual, whether suspicious or not, because such internment would
eliminate any possibility that that individual could commit a terrorist act.
That line of reasoning cannot be correct or it suggests that the rationality
question is almost irrelevant.
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