A Response to David Stolinsky
May 1997By James G. Hanink
James G. Hanink is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Dr. Stolinskys house calls are always welcome. But its a mixed bag hes carrying.
Make no mistake, hes right about the patient being sick. Theres a moral silliness in the land about the use of force, and its compounded with a double-standarditis. Some folks have an acute case of it, and the bugs contagious.
Take a closer look, though, at the medicines our friends toting in that bag of his. The best of them are generic. The worst are snake oil. Swallowed together, they might cure some problems, but theyll exacerbate others. The truth is, well, we
need stronger medicine.
Whats behind my caveat? OK, cards on the table. First, Im an aspiring pacifist, so I dont like pacifist-bashing. Second, Stolinskys stingy in citing Exodus. (Besides, St. Thomas does a better job getting at whats at issue there.) Maybe thats why the good doctor goes wrong with many of his domestic and foreign prescriptions.
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