The problem is that the culture war we are in at the end of the twentieth century posits opposing and, often enough, mutually exclusive visions of the public good. (p. 15)
The state’s involvement on questions of the public good is not a trifling matter. (p. 19)
Again a quote, or two actually, on the morality of good. Please combine these two in your understanding, and perhaps even with the previous quote. If someone legitimises him or herself by reference to ‘good’, one might worry. Would this be different when the state does so, or perhaps even more disturbing?
Hunter, J. D. (1994). Before the Shooting Begins. Free Press, New York.