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To: exnavy
"I have to believe the author is sadly wrong on the first paragraph." -exnavy-

Look at the point beyond the end of the first paragraph:

"Mother Teresa's name is synonymous with good deeds and humanitarian concern. In contrast, Michael Milken was a businessman, a financier. To comfort others, Mother Teresa sacrificed herself. Michael Milken did what he did only to make money for himself." [end 1st]
--- "Self-interested motives are so frowned on—and other-regarding motives so admired —that the typical pundit, politician, and pedestrian believes that motives are all that matter."
-- "Mother Teresa is admired because of her motives, not because of her results."
--- "Michael Milken and other business people are famous -- because of the huge benefits their goods and services bestow on millions of people around the world."

Thus, we should change our views on ~motives~ in regard to law & society... 'Good' motives [in particular those enforced by government decrees], can do more harm in the actuality of their enforcements than any possible results derived.

20 posted on 03/29/2003 10:12:35 AM PST by tpaine
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Posted on 08/29/2003 12:58 PM PDT by tappers
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1 posted on 08/29/2003 12:58 PM PDT by tappers
21 posted on 08/29/2003 1:13:52 PM PDT by tpaine ( I'm trying to be Mr Nice Guy, but politics keep getting in me way. ArnieRino for Governator!)
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