Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fantasy over fact

There's been a rush of nations to sign the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. But do those signing even know what they're signing? notes:
The fact that the world is eagerly signing a treaty that is not yet available in all the U.N.’s official languages says a lot about the magical thinking behind it. It doesn’t matter what the treaty says: What matters to many treaty advocates is how the treaty makes them feel. 
When feelings are substituted for rational assessment, ask yourself why. Feelings can be tricky. What produces a rush or a tingle at first can sometimes morph into a tool for tyranny.

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