01 Aug '11, 8am

The eternal challenge of an open mind | Perry Walker

The eternal challenge of an open mind | Perry Walker

‘The voice of the people is but an echo’, wrote the American political scientist V.O.Key some fifty years ago. I echo that. I mean, I recognise in myself the difficulty of coming to an opinion that truly reflects an understanding of a situation and the values I bring to it. Occasionally I can identify the point at which my views have changed. John Rawls’ “veil of ignorance” provided my first (and only) justification of some degree of inequality, because it balanced two values important to me, equality and democracy. And, at the level of fact, I could not maintain my previous level of opposition to nuclear power, once I realised how much less nuclear waste is generated by this generation of power stations, compared to their predecessors.

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