Sins and Crimes

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“We appear constitutionally incapable of distinguishing sins and crimes . . . When the hounds of righteousness are in full-throated pursuit of any public sin or sickness, it is perilous not to join in the chase. These civic bloodhounds currently have the tobacco companies up a tall pine tree, and while some aesthetic satisfaction can be gained from the spectacle of Philip Morris staring down at us like a concerned possum, there really are some deeper issues at stake.”

The Cultural Mind, pp. 35-36