consequentialism

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consequentialism

(kon″sĕ-kwen′shă-lizm)
The philosophical doctrine that the correctness of a choice is proven only by what that choice produces, rather than why the choice was made or what the agent intended or hoped might occur.
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Buchanan's chapter of endorsement for Joe McCarthy ("As We Remember Joe") is really a defense of gut fighting in which ends justify means.
While achievement motivation is a clear strength, it becomes dysfunctional unless it's balanced by other values that control the tendency to assume that ends justify means.