For Caution in Seeking to Restrict the Choices of Others

June 24, 2015

Current events provide a reminder that however ugly our disagreements, there’s a lot of value in preserving a pluralistic, (classically) liberal society, where we leave each other free to make our own choices and live our own lives, to the extent possible.

If Germany makes it illegal to buy or sell Mein Kampf, how do they know people weren’t going to buy it in order to study history and make sure it isn’t repeated?

If we pressure Walmart etc. to stop selling Confederate battle flags, how do we know people weren’t going to buy them in order to burn them?

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2 Responses to “For Caution in Seeking to Restrict the Choices of Others”

  1. Will S. Says:

    True, though I imagine WalMart took its stand more as a chance for free publicity, and not because of outside pressure; it’s not like minority group members won’t shop there just because of some of the stuff they sell.

    But your larger point stands.

    And so why not resist such social pressures completely, and consistently; why not oppose giving in to the left on removing the flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds?


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