Friday, February 15, 2013

It's for your own good, ma'am. Now, go clean toilets.

A quote:

Two years ago, the Icelandic Parliament – led by female prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir  -  successfully banned all strip clubs on the grounds that they violated the civil rights of the women who worked there and were harmful to society. 

Yes, really. 

At best, there is a trade-off here.  A person "A"  is being denied the right to enter into a contract, because someone ELSE "B" thinks it must not be voluntary for "A" to do that, because "B" would not do that.  So B is restricing the liberty of A, for the moral smugness and feel-goodism of B's own enjoyment.

That is reprehensible. 

With a nod to Michael Hartwell, of YH&P...

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