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A reactionary can easily be spotted by the bemoaning of the fact/value distinction.

This is because it destroys the very idea of a mandarin class telling the herd what to do.

A democratic state automatically implies that policy decisions are not "true" or "false", but are the reflections of human needs and interests.

And surely, even a child can distinguish between a law of gravity and a law against murder. But this seems to pass over the wisdom of the modern mandarin class.

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