Den Beste argues for freedom and making your own mistakes:


It’s true that there are certain practices which often result in misery for individuals. In some cases that’s virtually certain. But if they made a conscious choice to do it, then they have a right to do so even if the result will be disaster for them . As long as it doesn’t cause collective harm to society, it isn’t society’s business. 

The problem with this argument is that it is pernicious and can be applied to a lot of other things. It crosses the line from law-to-maintain-orderly-society into law-for-their-own-good . I do not want law used to protect people from the consequences of their own decisions. Do we ban smoking? Free climbing? Do we make it illegal to be extremely overweight?


Well, being one who leans heavily into the libertarian camp, I have to agree with all this as a matter of course. .. but at the same time, I’m just having too much damn fun imagining the following situation:


Are you Michael Moore?
Sir, we’d like you to come with us .
What? Why? What’s this all about?
Sir, resisting will only making it harder on yourself.
But what’s going on?
Under new federal regulation 74658.67, “all persons weighing over 320 pounds and wearing the same babseball cap and ain’t-I-a-stinker grin for a period of at least 10 consecutive years, hereafter referred to as ‘stupid fat bastards,’ will be apprehended and summarily beaten to death with their own shoes .”
Hey, but wait a minute…
Agent Johnson, please take off the man’s shoes. 

Yes, yes, undoubtedly some innocent people would suffer under such a system. If I have to watch Bowling For Columbine again though, the hell with ’em. It’s still a net societal gain, as far as I’m concerned.

last update : 26-5-2018

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