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Knock It Off

I was enjoying Radley’s fine article in Forbes, when towards the end, I come across this:

Nanny statists are probably well intentioned, yet they’re obsessed with the number of lives this bill or that regulation might save. But a shorter life well lived is far preferable to a long, bland life lived solely to keep from dying. Of course, that’s just this writer’s opinion.

Now, I’ve been accused of being a softy with regard to some of my disagreements and such charges are deserved. But my conciliatory demeanor is reserved for those I deem to be individualists, at least to an acceptable level.

There is not a single person in elected office anywhere in the world that meets the minimum standard of the essential defining attributes of individualism, much less my standards (which are substantially higher).

There’s no such thing as a "well-intentioned" statist, nanny or otherwise. Good intentions, first and foremost, are premised on the good; and the ends don’t justify the means. When evil is advanced to obtain "good" results, it’s evil. Period. End of story. There are no "good intentions" anywhere around.

So let’s just lay off the conciliatory posture with regard to the state and its battalions of force, shall we?

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

1 Comment

  1. Kyle Bennett on April 25, 2005 at 12:43

    When I read your title and the quote, I thought you were going to be talking about the continual bringing up of this BS dichotomy of a "life well lived" vs "a long life". In some extreme circumstances, there might be such a trade-off (usually "end game" scenarios, i.e. Sciavo, terminal illness, etc.), but in the decisions of everyday normal life, they are not at odds, they are mutually reinforcing. Worse, the bills that statists of any stripe offer usually provide for a life both shorter and *less* well lived. Perpetuating this false dichotomy plays right into the statists' premises, it doesn't argue against them.

    Of course, you're absolutely right about your point, as well.

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