Joe Biden and Tara Reade are one of the many ethical limits of utilitarianism.
I first heard about the concept of Utilitarianism a few months ago. Linda Hirshman wrote an op-ed in The New York Times called, “I Believe Tara Reade. I’m Voting for Joe Biden Anyway. The importance of owning an ugly moral choice.” It was interesting to me because she discussed a concept that applies to what’s going on today with the pandemic.
In the example of Tara Reid, she accused Joe Biden of sexual assault. She said that, in the spring of 1993, Mr. Biden cornered her in a deserted hallway of the Capitol complex, pinned her against a wall, reached under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers.
This was damaging to the Biden campaign a few months ago. We seemed to have forgotten all about that with everything else happening in 2020. The truth may not ever see the light of day at this point, but there was a lot of pushback from progressives who are determined to defeat Donald Trump on November 3rd. They are willing to do anything, even if it means sacrificing one of their own, for the greater good.
Ethical theories do a poor job accounting for what shapes moral judgments. Should feminists throw Tara Reade under the bus for the greater good of our country? What if Tara Reade were…