Wednesday, January 28, 2004

after the suspense...
...the whitewash from Lord H. It looks like Blair chose his man well. Oh well, should have predicted it...

In this sense, it must be owned, that liberty is the perfection of civil society; but still authority must be acknowledged essential to its very existence: and in those contests which so often take place between the one and the other, the latter may, on that account, challenge the preference...
David Hume, of the origins of government


The age old story of inquiries past, in other words: it's the duty of magistrates to prefer whatever interpretation of events upholds confidence in government.