Jun 282009

I just finished a very interesting book, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life. While remaining largely apolitical and apolemical, Bok covers various forms of lying, including but not limited to white lies, lies of omission, protective lies, polite lies, paternalistic lies, and evasions. She lays out the possible arguments for each type’s justification, as well as ways telling each might hurt the teller(s), the dupe(s), and society in general. There’s a lot of food for thought here, making this book a good read for any conscientious individual and must read for doctors, lawyers, politicians, and anyone else wielding great power or influence.

The audience for this book seems to be rather general, and I would be very interested to read a book about the ethics of lying as they apply to libertarianism. Inparticular, I’m looking for discussions of how different types of lies can infringe upon one’s right to security in liberty, property, or (as I have tried to argue) dignity. Any suggestions?

Jun 122009

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis