PERSPECTIVES ON LIBERTY (1987)

Chapter 6

Morals

What are "right and wrong?" The simplest view, and one which we would like to keep us off the hook, is that an action is morally wrong when it harms another person, or interferes with the capability of another person to control his life, especially if that person has not done so to you. We call this the Golden Rule.

But it is not so easy to predict when some behavior will harm someone else, perhaps indirectly, on the distant future.