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Nick Schulz has written a column on Francis Fukuyama that, unsurprisingly, gets cheers from the usual suspects.

Schulz at least seems to have given some thought to Fukuyama's concerns about human nature, which is a start, even if those thoughts don't quite rise to the level of Straussian understanding of natural right, and don't treat it seriously.

But it raises an interesting question. Schulz seems most outraged not by Fukuyama's teleological view of morality, but by the fact that Fukuyama has attempted to make "common cause" with the far Left on the issue of cloning. Schulz is critical of Fukuyama's "political and tactical" maneuver.

So here's the question (questions, actually, all variants on a theme): if Green moral thought is truly incompatible with Fukuyama's notion of natural right (and I think Schulz is probably right to suggest that it is, even though he doesn't use my formulation), is Fukuyama wrong to seek political alliance with them on a single issue? In so doing, is he fundmentally compromising his moral credibility? Or his morality?

I think Schulz's answer is a resounding "Yes!" And that sort of moral intransigence is characteristic of the most hardcore libertarians (and Objectivists). It may also explain their lack of success in real politics. I don't know.

[Posted at 21:09 CST on 07/08/02] [Link]

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