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I have a beef with you, David Feldman!
I want to discuss with you the sentiment behind your objection to the possibility that Obama would use the 14th amendment to go around congress when it comes to raising the debt ceiling.
I’m glad you brought up Antonin Scalia right after you made your argument, because as you were ranting I was thinking of exactly this. Antonin Scalia is a textualist, as you say. I’ve recently heard an interview he had on Charlie Rose, who I think is the best interviewer in the United States, and he had exactly the same evil fallacy that I’m hoping to convince you as a fellow Jew that you also was afflicted with. His point is that the constitution should not be a living breathing document, because otherwise the supreme court could interpret the constitution however it wanted, in opposition to the intention of the founding fathers. The fallacy is that, as he himself admitted, his fellow judges disagree with him. In other words, he is fighting against the supreme court being an institution that can at a whim decide what the law of the land is with no rhyme or reason. But *it is* such an institution. There *is no* authority higher than the supreme court, and *they can* decide whatever they want.
Similarly, you say that we shouldn’t be perturbed by every crisis. But *we are*. Just like Antonin Scalia would vote against his heart to preserve the false hope that the supreme court with become, one day, a textualist court, so do you want to take a dive on the debt ceiling in the false hope that it will make us be less perturbed by future crises, and more adhesive to the constitution.
As a Jew, I warn you of this. In my life, I have learned that bureaucratic idealism in the face of reality is one of the greatest evils of humankind. Compassion needs to win over bureaucracy. Because when idealism about how the system *should be* wins, the poor and disenfranchised suffer. I can’t quite recall, but I believe that in the interview with Charlie Rose Antonin Scalia said that if he were the judge in the Zenger case he would have voted against Zenger. (It might have been a different freedom of the press case…) He said, because he thinks that freedom of the press is not guaranteed by constitution, and that it should therefore go through the states. Can you imagine what a different country we would have if not for the compassion of the judge in the case of the Zenger case? He thinks similarly about integration. It should have been up to the states.
As a Jew you should understand that the compassion of people in power is all we have. The only thing better would be to have a better system, which we are not likely to get.
As an academic, I see this a lot. In academia there is money. So it’s just people’s egos. And people can decide that a certain academic discipline *should be* about a certain topic. And those people are evil, and they cause a lot of harm for undergraduates, for graduate students, and for people on their way to tenure. I can’t tell you how many committees I’ve been in where being compassionate was precluded by some silly idealistic hope of some professor with a big ego who thinks he can single handedly make the world better, but ends up hurting hard-working people’s careers and their income.
Have I convinced you, David Feldman?
That’s my rant. I love your show. It has become my favorite podcast. You are sublime. I recommend you to all my friends. And this specific opinion of yours is evil. But otherwise you’re adorable.
Sorry, I meant to say that in academia there is no money.
I love Dom. This was too short. And so is your penis. Ew, ah! I love Dom. And the show with Katz. Great, great. great.
Like a great jazz musician you and DOm get better with age.
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