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The Saintly Fathers Declare

A commonplace phrase heard in my youth – “the crime bosses decided” – bore significant connotations. It meant that a specific issue had been discussed and the truth about it had been established by people well-versed in the issue.In epistemology, one of the criteria of establishing the truth is called an appeal to authority. The opinions of those with significant experience and knowledge on a given issue are applied as a form of proof.In the 1970s, such “authorities” in Georgia were crime...

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