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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

 

the war on wisdom


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What on earth is the point of wearing a suit and not a tie? If you're going for comfort and practicality, dump both; for conventionality, retain both. His dress is a self-indulgence.

 
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The lecturer's other indulgence is an unwillingness to address the underlying cause of the "Mike's Hard Lemonade" incident, and boy did he do some serious dancing ("jazzy") to get around it. The elephant in the room is this: America differs from all other western democracies in its refusal to recognize the principle that the losing side in litigation should contribute toward making whole its prevailing opponent.

The "disaster" most likely to appear is the expense of settling a frivolous lawsuit, not an actual harm done. If we limit de facto extortion by implementing a "loser-pays" system for civil remedies, "wise" folk can piece together that the subject's giving his kid hard lemonade was just an "honest mistake".

Lack of virtue? It is not that our society has become a bunch of scoundrels, it is the fact that the current legal system makes it prohibitively expensive to act virtuously, i.e., your ability to provide for your family can be compromised by reaching out and making a "wise" judgment call.

What do you expect from a guy who doesn't wear a tie with his suit?

 
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