Posted: Jul 15, 2015 12:01 pm
by Nicko
Spearthrower wrote:Similarly, I don't like pubs.

Some people who go to pubs get drunk and engage in all manner of violent and destructive behavior.

But I don't want all pubs shut down because of it - most people who use pubs don't do this, and I have no reason to deny them their liberty. That I don't like pubs does not make it reasonable for me to elevate my preferences over others' and deny them theirs.

Moreover, the US conducted a large-scale experiment in the early part of last century on what happens when you try to ban pubs and the data thus obtained seem to suggest this is a counterproductive thing to do.