I have to say "fixes to moral problems" don't come from institutions; but also aren't an excuse for not having a system of government, nor of laws. Which, I know, is a bit of a radical departure from what's being said here, but again, maybe not. I also know "fixes to moral problems" are far easier said than done, especially when you start with the premise that someone else has a problem that you need to help them fix.
No. Something has to be done about the collapse of civic virtue among the voters. Stop trying to create institutional fixes to moral problems. https://t.co/EeJlhjAobG— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 27, 2020
Because that's what the "moral" argument devolves into: what I want is good, what you want is bad. Interestingly, there's not even an attempt to address the question of justice here, which is really what a civil society should be about (and not "justice" as defined by Rawls, either). Nichols' argument (such as it is in tweets, not the best forum for this discussion) is that "civic virtue" will fix the "problems" we have in America, but he might as well cut to the chase and say "everything will be fine when everybody thinks like me!"
The problem isn't that government doesn't listen to the people; the problem is that it listens to them too much and tries to give them everything they want but without adult conversations about risk and cost and tradeoffs. https://t.co/zWedpK7ULb— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 27, 2020