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Most professions have fairly obvious aims. Medics aim at curing patients; pilots, at reaching destinations safely; generals, at winning wars.
What makes politics so difficult is that politicians aren’t, or at least shouldn’t be, in this sense mono-teleological. Their job is, rather, to balance off one kind of result against another.
Even within a single kind of valuable social result—say, achieving prosperity or preserving liberty—there are bound to be difficult tensions between the short-term and long-term consequences arising from a given political action; and when…
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