Stevenson’s example of an ethical argument:

A: The government ought to put more severe restrictions on the sale of patent medicines.
B: That would interfere with freedom of enterprise.
A: Yes, but it would certainly forward the greatest happiness of the greatest number.

The current humiliation is that we have to talk about blacks — blacks! — who emphatically don’t matter other than as a menace to society, rather than important issues indeed like whether freedom of enterprise is compatible with the greatest happiness of the greatest number (and with the institution of patents).

The whole Negro bullshit is a distraction from intelligent conversations we could be having.

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