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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Worst Authoritarian Argument

Many times, when I have pointed out that some law should be repealed because it is broken often, the inevitable response is something like "well, why not legalize murder?"

Here's the problem with that kind of thinking: it can be used to argue against the repeal of any law. Therefore, it is the equivalent of saying that no law should ever be repealed.

Here's an example:

A: X should be legal. Too many people break laws against it.
B: Well, why not legalize murder?

I'm sure there were plenty of conversations during Prohibition that went like this:

A: Alcohol should be legal. Too many people break laws against it.
B: Well, why not legalize murder?

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