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Response to ButterflyBlood (Reply #78)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 05:58 AM

80. This Is Nonesense, Sir: The Value Of Violence Is the End It Seeks

It is far from a 'double standard' to countenance violence for an end one approves of, and to oppose violence for an end one disapproves of. This is so because the question is not whether one approves or disapproves of violence, but whether one approves or disapproves of a particular end. One may take take the view that violence is not the best means to an end one seeks, or that violence cannot achieve the end one seeks, or that violence will cause more suffering than the end one seeks is worth, but such calculations are far from disapproval of violence: if I have to drive a nail, I do not disapprove of a wrench because I pick up a hammer out of the tool drawer.

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