Be Careful Who You Work For

November 19, 2008

As Lutz Heilmann can tell you, Wikipedia knows everything.

(In German. Apparently Heilmann is not the first politician accused of working for the Secret Police, and such accusations are not always uncontested.)

Question for Discussion: If you are a citizen of the German Democratic Republic with political ambitions, is it wrong to work for the Secret Police? Really. My answer is “maybe,” but I’m not sure political ambitions can ever be fulfilled with strict adherence to Kantian morality. Even under democracy, can you achieve political goals without sacrificing personal morality?


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