Four of the world’s most renowned thinkers take on one of the biggest debates of the modern era.“It’s just a brute fact that we don't throw virgins into volcanoes any more. We don't execute people for shoplifting a cabbage. And we used to.” – Steven Pinker“The idea that because things have gotten better in the past they will continue to do so in the future is a fallacy I would have thought confined to the lower reaches of Wall Street.” – Malcolm Gladwell
Why are Switzerland and countries like it not perfect? Well, first because idiocy is not removed by reason. The great promise of the Enlightenment was that if you tell people what the right thing to do is they will do it, that evil is the result of ignorance. It’s not. Idiocy is more stubborn than that.
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