Wednesday, 20 February 2013

“You should be forced to buy this book”

The title of this post comes from Stephen Hicks, who blogs on a new book by aspiring philosopher-queen Sarah Conly defending paternalistic laws;

conly-aathat 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.

2 comments:

  1. Hilarious! The question of whether Sarah Conly should be able to publish her book should be added to the moral dilemmas taught in every level 1 philosophy class.

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  2. She couldn't have possibly thought of this all on her own :)

    I blame the autonomous collective we call "state education"

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