Lord T speaks of Libertarian Lite, a good concept and what it boils down to is classic liberalism – freedom to do as you wish, as long as it doesn’t incommode others.
Sadly, there have to be some laws, if only to protect the innocent because not all people, especially young children and the insane [e.g. political leaders] are capable of deciding for themselves. George III springs to mind.
The moment you start down that path though it’s a one way descent into bureaucratic control unless uncommon sense can halt the process and since when did a bureaucracy ever halt its power gathering? See the EU for this.
So to today’s crime by Maria Shriver:
‘Thanks for bringing her violations to my attention,’ governor tweets after TMZ.com posts two photographs of Maria Shriver holding a cellphone to her ear in the car. What action? That’s unclear. It’s unlikely that Schwarzenegger, who earlier Tuesday was promoting his wife’s ice cream venture, Lovin’ Scoopful, would try to terminate her phone privileges — lest he be terminated himself.
I disagree – IMHO, Arnie would act on her very quickly because it’s his reputation on the line and I’d say he’d personally dock her the $20, in case the reporters come back at them. There are many observations here – her disregard for laws intended ‘for other people’, the mania of people who can’t go anywhere without a cellphone glued to their ears 24/7 and what this does for face to face conversation et al.
Then there is the freedom question. With personal freedoms at stake now as they have not been before in a long, long time, should that law even exist? Personally, I detest when a driver approaches my bicycle and it’s some women on her cell phone with one hand on the wheel.
I think I have a right to more personal freedom from injury than that as she quite clearly has less control over where her car’s veering, her mind on twenty things at once.
Against that, the modern car tracks well and is more forgiving than earlier cars.
So what to do about the freedom question here and whose freedom are we talking about? The Satanist’s Bible [le Vey] says that “do as thou wilt” is all the law – the Dorian Grey principle of no limits and everyone knows what type of monster that principle turns you into.
In utter freedom, where are the principles of self-discipline, personal responsibility and interfacing with others around us?
Just a late note about cellphones – yesterday, a 30ish chap was on the footpath, laughing into his cellphone [glued to his ear] and he simply turned to step onto the road, right into my bicycle. Question – did I crash straight into him, with right on my side or did I do a swift manoeuvre to get out of his way?
Also, is there any upper age limit for idiocy?