Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Let's agree to disagree."

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
-- CS Lewis

I just had a brief encounter with Len Fisher of the Delaware County Tobacco-Free Tomorrow Coalition. We argued private property rights, including the right to smoke. We, of course, disagreed. Fisher ended the discussion with the standard, "Let's agree to disagree." Sound good, except that Fisher plans to continue using the arm, and arms, of government to get his way. And he just might get his way since the Coalition is operated by the Delaware General Health District -- a product of our tax dollars.

CS Lewis missed the real tormenter, the busybody drawing a tax-supported salary; they never sleep and their salaries are paid by the tormented.

What the Fisher's of the world really mean is that we can agree to disagree as long as the social apparatus of coercion and compulsion is on their side.

Don't give up without a fight!

Jim Fedako

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think you've hit the nail right on the head in describing the anti-smoking gang as "moral busybodies". As someone who works around some members of that crowd, it's an apt description.