Thoughtful and provocative (as usual) post from Jamie Smith, about the Common Good and Paternalism. Jamie writes:
“In what Charles Taylor calls our “age of authenticity,” the greatest virtue is sincerity. And the greatest vice? Paternalism.
I used to worry about this. After all, who wants to be identified as a paternalist? It’s the new bigotry.
But I’m getting over it. Quite simply, I don’t think you can sign up for pursuing “the common good” and hope to avoid at least some implicit commitment to paternalism—some sense that one knows what is good for others.”