Sunday, March 16, 2008

Precautionary principle

The term "Spitzer" belongs in the dictionary, and its definition should be "any politician."Arnold Kling
Harsh, yes, but if the precautionary principle should ever be invoked in the context of politics it should be from the experience that harm almost always obviates good from political actions (link via Roger Kimball).

See also: Spitzer's Media Enablers. In possession of near plenary legal powers, Spitzer deserved at least as much or more scrutiny than his targets, who held at best merely financial and commutable wherewithals. Instead, the media acted as though they were adjuncts to his office.