^^ and ^ I have no trouble with morality in politics. As I’ve said in earlier posts, I’m primarily interested in morality and only secondarily interested in economics, etc., insofar as economics, etc., promotes or hinders what’s moral. For instance, I think it’s wrong to discriminate against people because of race, gender, or sexual orientation. I think it’s wrong to maintain a social and economic system in which large numbers of people are poor. I think it’s wrong to support or create repressive regimes in other countries. I think it’s wrong to wage preemptive war with no justification. That’s a start. (I get very annoyed when it’s suggested that those on the left don’t have moral positions. I’ve got lots and some to spare.)
Can I justify these moral stands? Well, that’s a complicated question. Starting from certain presuppositions, I think so, but if someone doesn’t hold those presuppositions, then the conversations might get bogged down. I’ve been trying to suggest in recent posts that anyone who seriously claims to be interested in individual liberty ought to be on the left, but I don’t know how that’s going over so far…..