power <debate>

John McCreery (JLM@TWICS.COM)
Sun, 10 Mar 1996 10:50:44 +0900

Mike Cahill writes,

"Casuistry is a key concept. I find that, for powerful people, the merits of
arguments are generally subordinate to the role they play in a calculus of
interests. The instrumental assessment comes first; only then is the
appropriate spin applied to the "point." Powerful people do not generally
"die" for principles; they are simply outflanked by more perceptive, or
better positioned, efforts to deploy arguments so as to align interests."

Smack on the money. Literally. :-)

John McCreery