Agnostics for pacifism

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February 23, 2011
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"By itself, I freely admit, extreme uncertainty is a double-edged sword. The consequences of war might be worse than you thought; they might be even better. But as I've argued in my common-sense case for pacifism, pacifists just need to add the weak moral premise that 'before you kill innocent people, you should be reasonably sure that your action will have very good consequences.' This plausible premise, combined with the uncertainty of foreign affairs, creates an almost insurmountable presumption against war." (02/23/11)  

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