Truthiness, Truth, Judgment
I’m still not clear on what the “truthiness” business is all about, but “getting at the truth” seems a more urgent undertaking.
Hence I was taken with the column in today’s Boston Globe by Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried.
There is such a thing as truth; that is why Holocaust deniers are fools
or liars. But that is exactly why there can be no such thing as official
truth — truth endorsed, policed, and enforced by the power of the
state. Truth is above politics, and judges politics, which is why
politics has no authority to proclaim it.
“Power” and “authority:” Pilate and Jesus. Even if, in the short term, power prevails.