Another Coalition for Fog
July 1, 2008 § 6 Comments
The despicable argument that subsidiarity justifies the pro-choice position, or more generally the position that the ‘right to abortion’ should be left in place while other means – and only those other, extra-legal means – are pursued to reduce abortion rates, doesn’t have many direct adherents, as far as I can tell. But there are a lot of people who seem willing to defend it as a legitimate position, while disclaiming that it is their own position: to hide its despicableness behind a fog of putative legitimacy.
I’m reminded of another despicable position, and the apologists who surround it with foggy arguments: John Yoo’s position that it is the President’s proper place to decide what to do in the interrogation of prisoners, just as some argue that it is the woman’s place to decide what to do in the case of pregnancy. She may or may not make the morally right choice, but it is nevertheless her place juridically to make it. This led Yoo to state that it is proper for the President to be able to legally decide to torture the children of a detainee. Under subsidiarity, which addresses the hierarchy of responsibilities for the individual and the common good, the President is charged with the defense of the country. Whether or not to torture the child of a detainee is best – as a legal matter – left to the President.
Torture isn’t the only issue with its Coalition for Fog.