Excellent article! It never ceases to amaze me how so many folks who claim to want liberty are among the first to start screaming 'there ought to be a law' when something happens that they don't like.
Do you agree with this statement? Government has no business telling us what to drink, what to eat, what kind of medicine we should take, what to smoke, what to farm, or how to run our private lives. These are all elements of individual liberty or what you might call personal freedom. They are all part of the bigger push to get Big Government off our backs and out of our lives. But do the people who call for individual liberty really believe in it themselves? Or are they carrying around a sharp contradiction in their own beliefs? Consider the following statements: If people want to ride a motorcycle (or a bicycle) without a helmet, that's their own business. If parents want to avoid having their children vaccinated, that's their own business. If people want to smoke a doobie in their basement, that's their own business....And if you agree with all that, then let me hit you with this brain-bender: By principle you must also agree that whatever two people want to do in their own homes or bedrooms is also their own business, as long as it's consensual. It doesn't matter what their sexual orientation is or even whether money changed hands. While it's not something I personally condone or participate in, all that is still their own business! See, the thing about freedom is that if you demand freedom for yourself, you must also tolerate it for others. If you say "get the government out of our lives!" then to be consistent, you have to mean it for everybody else, too -- not just for you or those you happen to agree with. Freedom means freedom for all, including those with which you disagree, as long as they aren't harming others in the process. Freedom can't be selective.
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