The Bhagavad-Gita: the importance of one's role

I have noted before that the libertarian contention that statists think state actors are exempt from ordinary morality is just plain wrong. Different rights and duties are attached to different social roles. What is "kidnapping" if done by a stranger is "taking your kid for a trip" when it is done by a parent.

This is ancient wisdom: in fact, the Bhagavad Gita is largely about the connection of morality to one's social role. Its application to those tasked with governance is straightforward.


  1. Because violence doesn't disappear by wishing it away and neither does government.


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