Since this conversation was ultimately about authority, that's what I was speaking about. The only authoritative body I want handing down edicts is the legal system.
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That's legal authority, not moral authority. I agree with you that there ought not to be a moral authority. But in your argument you called the law a consensual ethical framework, and from my point of view the law is barely (if ever) consensual, and not ethical in any meaningful sense. (It *is* a framework. :) The law is ill-suited, like everything else, to hand down edicts about right and wrong. It can only (semi-)competently edictify (heh) about permitted and not permitted. Many good things are not permitted, and many (more) bad things are permitted, for good reason at that, so it is not a suitable starting point for discussions on moral authority.
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