Paul Krugman: Civility is the Last Refuge of Scoundrels.
Noahpinion: Idea of the Day: National Universities.
Dani Rodrik: Saif Qadafi and Me:
The conundrum that advisers to authoritarian regimes face is akin to a long-standing problem in moral philosophy known as the dilemma of “dirty hands.” A terrorist is holding several people hostage, and he asks you to deliver water and food to them. You may choose the moral high ground and say, “I will never deal with a terrorist.” But you will have passed up an opportunity to assist the hostages. Most moral philosophers would say that helping the hostages is the right thing to do in this instance, even if doing so also helps the terrorist.
See also: this comment from Mark Thoma.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Posted by Abi. Posted at 11:04 PM