Barking Cats

What would you think of someone who said, "I would like to have a cat, provided it barked"? Yet your statement that you favor an FDA provided it behaves as you believe desirable is precisely equivalent. The biological laws that specify the characteristics of cats are no more rigid than the political laws that specify the behavior of governmental agencies once they are established. The way the FDA now behaves, and the adverse consequences are not an accident, not a result of some easily corrected human mistake, but a consequence of its constitution in precisely the same way that a meow is related to the constitution of a cat. As a natural scientist, you recognize that you cannot assign characteristics at will to chemical and biological entities, cannot demand that cats bark or water burn. Why do you suppose that the situation is different in the "social sciences?"

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I think this is a pretty

I think this is a pretty silly quote, if it wasn't meant to be very flippant. I agree with the premise to a degree (it's basically the premise behind institutional analysis) but it's taken way too far. People have free will, as far as I can tell (go away Serpent), and as a result the FDA can function in a variety of different ways. The political climate affects the functioning of the FDA, but that too changes moreso at least than the makeup of a cat.