One of the most insidious forms of intellectual corruption is that of basing one’s political philosophy on the contingent fact of existing legal standards. The most egregious example may be the idolatry of the US constitution - an example with massive influence elsewhere.
A peculiar phenomenon this has thrown up is the public lawyer as some kind of self-styled philosophical oracle.
This figure will purport to tell you what, ultimately, justice is, what democracy is, what the rule of law is, by reference to - guess what? - what the law is, or even just something some judge said.
This is a massive denial of the role of reason in our public life and - through that - an egregious form of disrespect to fellow citizens, who can be silenced or ignored because they are not legal experts.

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One thing worth looking at is how background ethical commitments, often not explicitly articulated because taken to be “obvious”, have framed the public health response to #COVID19 in different countries. 1/4
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