Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Puritanism, Paternalism, and Power

"Live and let live” would appear to be a simple, sensible guide to social life, but obviously many Americans reject this creed with a vengeance. They find toleration so unpleasant that they support the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of individuals whose personal behavior they regard as offensive. Why do so many Americans favor the use of coercive sanctions to enforce repression? Perhaps the answer lies in our history . . ."

Puritanism, Paternalism, and Power: Newsroom: The Independent Institute

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