Passage of the Day

People in North Korea are eating each other because other people sincerely believed Marx's theory that the human essence varies with the socio-economic context in which it is embedded. It's not just [the idea] that some preferences are endogenous to social structure (no doubt true), but that human psychology as such is endogenous to social structure, and so human psychology cannot be an exogenous constraint on "experimentation." This is probably the deadliest idea in human history. And it's just incredibly hard to give credence to the idea that it makes no difference whether or not we discover that some social goals are impossible due to they way that people are.
-- From Will Wilkinson, giving Richard Rorty a righteous metaphorical smackdown.

(Emphasis added)

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