The title of this post comes from Stephen Hicks, who blogs on a new book by aspiring philosopher-queen Sarah Conly defending paternalistic laws;
that is, laws that make you do things, or prevent you from doing things, for your own good. I argue [says the bossy bitch] that autonomy, or the freedom to act in accordance with your own decisions, is overrated … we need the help of others—and in particular, of government regulation—to keep us from going wrong.”
To which busybody-babble Hicks drily responds:
Rumour has it that contrarian paternalists disagree violently, arguing that Conly should have been prevented by force from writing the book.
What does she miss? Many things, including this: “To be fully human is to make one’s own decisions and initiate one’s own actions in life.”
Sarah Conly is not fully human.
Or wishes not to be.