The Duck of Minerva

Friday maxim

7 December 2006

This was the fortune cookie message from lunch yesterday:

“For a good cause, wrongdoing may be virtuous.”

I told my assistant that it sounded like a license to steal…but many other dark ideas came to mind.

In any case, since this is an IR blog, I might note that numerous scholars and diplomats would likely agree with the advice offered by that fortune cookie.

Here’s one.

Given that I have a very large stack of papers to grade, I will put this one to the readership. Comments?

Note: this is apparently a fairly common fortune, but yesterday marked the first time I ever received that message.

Yes, I know I’m posting this on Thursday. However, Dan previously posted a Friday maxim so this is my contribution to that thread. Plus, it is already Friday in part of the world.

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