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The perils and pay-offs of moral absolutism

Small actions all-too-often bring large consequences. Golriz Ghahraman, for example, annoyed at having been publicly corrected on Twitter, responded by blocking the corrector. The perp, an Australian expert in immigration law named Simon Jeans, was flabbergasted. All he had done was challenge Ghahraman?s assertion that there are no absolute human rights. The right not to be tortured, he pointed out, was absolute. International law recognises absolutely no circumstances in which the torture of a human-being may be considered lawful . . .

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