onsdag 13 mars 2013

Fascism arrives in a white coat with a stetoscope

A group of Swedish lobby organizations want to see a total ban on smoking by 2025. This is such a severe intrusion on the personal integrity that I can't find any words for it. Taking our freedom away is like boiling a frog. If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death. Every single "well-meaning" ban (because it is of course for "your own best") is yet another degree in the sauce pan. You may not notice it, and you may even applaud it ("Great! they banned smoking. I'm no smoker. It stinks and smokers are stupid because they are doing such a dangerous thing"). But one day they will ban your favourite vice. And then it's already too late, because you will find your freedom dying in a boiling pan of applaudable bans. Nanny State (tm) - "Not only in the US"

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