Friday, July 11, 2008

A new video has gone up over at reason.tv, and I thought I'd share it with you. It's entitled "Banned!" and is devoted to detailing all the various things government busybodies have banned somewhere. Watch.

It's not so much the content of any one of those bans that I find offensive, but the untrammeled arrogance of politicians claiming the right to regulate such trivialities. If they can ban me from playing poker with my buddies, grilling outdoors, or using trans-fats, what areas of my life exactly can't they regulate? By what right do they presume to tell me I can't? It may be that we never had halcyon days of freedom, but I wish I lived in a country where I was largely left alone by government, rather than micromanaged by it.

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