Fear of Paternalism: valuing choosing above what we choose

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.”

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