Docile sheep are not better than free citizens

Here is where Jonah Goldberg makes a rare blunder:

But it’s also true that politics — specifically, government — can change cultures. It can be loud and bloody work, as with the abolition of slavery. Or the change can be more subtle. Twenty years ago, it was simply uncool to put on your seat belt. Now, everyone seems to do it reflexively. The law changed the culture, for the better.

Read the whole thing.
Here is a quote he uses from a lifeguard who made the news recently by being fired for saving the life of someone who was drowning outside the boundaries of his area of responsibility:

He was canned on the spot.
“They didn’t tell me in a bad way. It was more like they were‘sorry, but rules are rules,’” Lopez said. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”

Rules are rules. The case of the seatbelt & the lifeguard are the same. Both demand docile obedience, not  Buckle up or be ticketed by a man with a gun. Shut up or get arrested. Pay the fine the judge gives you or go to jail. That’s not a better culture or a better person. Rules are rules. Your job, citizen, is t



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