Essay: Looking Evil Dead in the Eye

The problem of evil has long been the province of philosophy. Philosophy is not particularly interested in that question anymore. (Nor is the world much interested in philosophy, but that is another matter.) Journalism has taken up the slack. Unfortunately, journalism is not terribly well equipped to handle it, principally because journalism is a medium of display and demonstration. When evil is the subject, the urge to display leads to dark places indeed.

Last month, for example, it led to Osaka, Japan, where reporters and photographers stood around while two men broke into the apartment of an accused swindler, murdered him...

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