How Not to Treat Human Beings as Moral Persons

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Laurie Calhoun

“One reason why hawks reach so facilely for utilitarian rationalizations for their wars may be that in this approach to normative morality there is no need to reflect seriously upon the plight of individual soldiers. The end justifies the means and, yes, that will include the sacrifice of some young persons in the prime of their life. In galvanizing support for invading and bombing other countries, the effects on soldiers — the thousands who may be physically maimed or killed, and the many thousands more who may be psychologically wrecked by the experience — are not mentioned at all because they are not recognized as real until after the fact, and then only by some.” (07/16/21)