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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Skynet

1) If we define natural rights as those rights which man would enjoy if he were alone in the world,

Then you can guarantee that his rights are never violated by destroying all other men.

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2) If one's only goal is to stop injustice,

Then the only course of action is to punish all injustice by death until only one man remains.

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No one would enjoy the second result. Although not quite reductio ad absurdum, this is a strong counterargument to the idea that we have a duty to prevent evil.

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