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The fatal flaw in A Necessary Evil is that Wills treats history not primarily as an enterprise for unearthing the truth but as a weapon to pummel his contemporary intellectual and political opponents.
This amorphous group of political and intellectual figures shares what Wills thinks to be the misguided belief that "government, as a necessary evil, should be kept at a minimum; and that legitimate social activity should be provincial, amateur, authentic, spontaneous, candid, homogenous, traditional, popular, rights-oriented, religious, voluntary, participatory, and rotational." I for one know of no person or group that embodies this eclectic collection of virtues, but in these characteristics Wills finds the grist to attack in breathless succession all sorts of people and groups, ranging from Louis Brandeis and Earl Warren (for misreading the Federalist Papers) to the National Rifle Association and U.S.
Unfortunately A Necessary Evil is shot through with major errors, especially a pair of key blunders that undermines its assault on free markets and limited government.
For many, financial reports are viewed as a necessary evil required only for tax purposes or assessing profits and losses.
The fact is that short-sighted managerial practice has concentrated its emphasis on using new technology strictly for production purposes while relegating maintenance to the traditional role of "a necessary evil." This approach, over time, will be the downfall of our industry.
As little more than a necessary evil, tolerated only because of fears of the dark side (antiselection, material misrepresentation, fraud) of human nature.
The vertical-colossus-underwriter was seen as little more than a necessary evil. The horizontal-risk-manager will come to be seen as the champion of converting intentions into income.