Wednesday, April 11, 2007


I haven't yet read the debate (1, 2, 3), but I think ‘the two-step of terrific triviality’ is an apt description of this fairly familiar rhetorical move, and one that (in the absence of better suggestions) we should adopt. It always seems to me that those who make this move are trying to have their cake and eat it.

Personally, since I've been recently reading up some stuff on egalitarianism, the one I'm currently annoyed by - which I perceive as a kind of double standard - is the fact that many egalitarians are satisfied with showing equality a value, while they charge sufficientarians with the task of showing sufficiency all that matters.

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