Monday, July 07, 2008

Bad Consequences

My off-the-cuff take on this: The first step towards dealing with those who make bad decisions is to make sure the consequences of those bad decisions are restricted to those who made them. But doing so sometimes requires providing assistance to help out the very people who made the bad decisions. Why? Because if you don't then the consequences of their actions can spread into the community of those who don't make bad decisions (no man is an island, blah-de-blah-de-blah).

Now some argue that we shouldn't burden the non-bad decision makers with the consequences of those who make bad decisions by making them pay (through taxes, for example) for the cleanup. I agree. We shouldn't. But sometimes we have to.

For me, helping out those who fuck up is not a matter of morality. It's a matter of self-preservation. Bad consequences are never isolated just to those who fuck up. Ever. That's simply a matter of reality. If you try to live as if this is not the case you are making a bad decision. YOU are fucking up.

Politics often gets bogged down into questions of morality. I frankly think politics is a lousy mechanism for dealing with those questions. Politics should be focused on dealing with consequences. Leave morality to the philosophers and priests.


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