If it is true, as Veatch proposes, that — “that one should abuse one’s rights [that is, engage in nonperfecting conduct] must not itself be taken to be right, or even one’s right in any strict sense,” (67-8) then surely, one does not have a right to engage in fallacious reasoning.

Therefore, if I (as perhaps a Spanish Inquisitor) judge Veatch’s ideas to be “unwise” and even “irresponsible,” as in subversive of a good society, then by his own very reasoning I acquire a right (or even a duty) to punch him in the mouth to shut him up.

All for Veatch’s own good, of course. (And my own, if I am, say, “perfecting” my hook?) Hmm…


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