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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Judge Dredd

There is a very persuasive argument that goes as follows:

All laws are, in their base form, judgements about morality. Therefore, we can make laws based on morality. No matter what laws we make, or whether we make any, we are following the subjective desires of some group. In a democracy, the majority should make those judgements.

Compromise, et cetera.

And yet, I somehow disagree. If any law is a subjective judgement about morality, then we shouldn't make any laws. Wow, that sounds pretty radically libertarian. Oh, that must be because I'm a radical libertarian. Let me rephrase that in a way that seems moderate-right, so that my readers will pretend that they are considering my reasoning.

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We should avoid restricting the behavior of others without an immediate threat to the safety of lives, property, or the country. Err on the side of caution. Err on the side of freedom.

Yes, go-go boots and miniskirts are an imediate threat to the propriety of our wives and daughters, but... get your woman in check and don't mess with my business. Is the ManiaC gonna have to choke a [edited for content]?

Uh-oh, they're quiet. That means trouble.

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