Self-justification

Dave Killion — July 14, 2011

I said no trans-fats for you, porky!

I said no trans-fats for you, porky!

Over at the Acton Institute Power Blog, Elise Amyx digs into an old Obama campaign speech to see how it fits in with the administration’s current conduct –

“Back in February 2008, then candidate for president Barack Obama addressed a crowd at a General Motors Assembly Plant in Janesville, Wis. He said,

…I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper– that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue out individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. E pluribus Unum. Out of many, one.”

Amyx makes some good points that are well worth reading, but I want to make a point that she didn’t. Said point: the paternalistic sentiment underlying positions like this are entirely unpalatable to the libertarian, but not because we are opposed to helping others. We object because we’ve been to zoos, and we know what the difference is between the keepers and the kept. And we don’t want to be either.

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