The Politics of Torture: Rejali in the News
Darius Rejali appears in a new interview in the Portland based weekly Willamette Week. A highlight:
I think the bottom line is, do Americans want to defend their values with methods that are so well-known and so barbaric that they take away from the values that they had?...But it’s an important point. Is it better to be loved or feared? The answer is, if we fight with one hand tied behind our back, and we win, we will be loved and feared. If we’re merely loved, we might be despised. But if we’re merely feared, we’ll be despised. The important thing is to do it right.
Fans of Machiavelli will, of course, recognize that this question is one of the central issues that princes must resolve in order to stay in power.
Later in the interview, Rejali says he sees himself as a member of the House of Slytherin. How many political philosophers do you know can go from The Prince to Harry Potter?