Justice Potter Stewart once famously wrote, in a case involving obscenity,
I know it when I see it.
The motivation for the comment is found a couple of sentences earlier in that same opinion, where Stewart talks about the difficulty of “defin[ing] that which is indefinable.”
Scott Greenfield, in a recent post about Voldemort, takes on a similar task: while not naming he-who-inspired-the-article-that-inspired-the-post, Scott tries to name that-which-is-the-root-of-injustice.
It’s a wonderful post, with reference to another wonderful post.
Stewart got it right. Clark — the author of the other wonderful post — basically got it right (but doesn’t clearly get why). Scott? I don’t really know. I know that I see things a little differently, and I’m writing this post because I’m trying to figure out why. [Read more...]