Monday, December 06, 2004


The Dance of the Grizzly Bear

"I'm all in favor of people getting justice for their crimes and all that stuff. But there are some mistakes whose consequences are so severe that further legal punishment really doesn't make any sense. For example, I think people should pay a fine if they try to feed cigars to bears at the zoo. But, if in the process the bear bites off half your face, the courts should pretty much stay out of it."
Jonah Goldberg

He's right, and this is one of the best ways to convince people to adopt libertarian policies as opposed to the nanny state. Want to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet? Well, if you redecorate the asphalt with your gray matter, there's not much point in punishing you, and since the risk of not wearing a helmet is precisely that sort of injury, why should we attempt to punish you for endangering yourself?

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