December 5th, 2009

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Examples of Valid Political Reasoning - Imperialism Again

Having argued the relevance of political reasoning, I'd like to illustrate how this reasoning may be conducted.

While my friend Nasreddin Hodja chastises me for daring to take sides in conflicts that he thinks I should avoid, I think that he brilliantly uses himself the very proficiency that I'm trying to illustrate and encourage with my previous propositions: when others arbitrarily compare two abstract alternatives of a choice unavailable to anyone according to a few criteria of which they presuppose the relevance (often in a mystic quest of purity) while ignoring infinitely many other potential criteria, hodja precisely finds an objective holistic criterion to compare the relative overall goodness of two countries — the massive revealed preferences of migrants and non-migrants between these countries, migration being a concrete choice actually available to many.

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