All the activity of a modern human takes place in the context of society. That requires balancing of individual rights and the common good. But this is not a blank check for the government to trample rights as it pleases . . . nor a blanket answer when people complain that the government has gotten too intrusive.And the tension between decentralization and coordination persists.
WHY PUBLIC POLICY IS DIFFICULT, AND PHILOSOPHICALLY CONSISTENT PUBLIC POLICY IS IMPOSSIBLE. Megan McArdle offers the Trenchant Observation of the Day.