The shorter David Brooks
David Brooks: Is it okay to kill Terri Schiavo for being worthless? Tough question. Conservatives cherish every human life. Liberals only care about happy, healthy Volvo drivers. Granted, there are some pretty pathetic vegetables out there. Just between you and me, the conservatives should probably write off some of that human garbage. But what about the VAST GRAY AREA between persistent vegetation and exurban life? Liberals haunt that misty zone like hungry ghosts. You can tell they're relativists because they're always moaning about "riiiiights" and "duuue process."
So, you see the dilemma. Some stocks really ought to be de-listed from the Big Board, if you know what I mean--but you don't want liberal snobs writing off your dyslexic kid. If only we could discover an absolute standard of worthiness and enforce it ruthlessly.