To focus on the outcomes we want at the expense of how we achieve them is to hollow out the basis for trust in society.
Retail American politics is not usually the place for high philosophy. But there is a plain philosophical dilemma that confronts the entire project of American democracy, without resolution to which there is no clear path forward for our teetering republic.
When it comes to matters of politics and morality the question is: Do the ends justify the means? That question came up for me as a clip from an interview with philosopher and commentator Sam Harris circulated on social media, in which he seemed to express approval for Twitter and Facebook’s censoring of the Hunter Biden laptop story in the run-up to the 2020 election (a story that later proved to be credible).