Personal Freedoms and wider responsibilities.

My comment – “Yes they are trying to pass similar laws here. I also would never smoke in a car with a non-smoker or a child or in a house in the same room as a child or non-smoker. Such laws seem to be aimed at the poor (but who can afford cigs, lol) who smoke around their children and do not have the common sense to not do so. Its a fine line but the “nanny state” there and “daddy government knows best” here go too far too often, like not being able to buy a big soda in NYC, how stupid, just to try to make us lose weight. Reblogging and BB/AS”

Cassie & Sophie NSFW

How far should our personal freedoms be limited by the needs of others or by the needs of the wider community?

In principle I am a libertarian and I resent the state imposing on my own freedoms and choices. But I am also quite socialist in some ways or at least I think it is important for the state to care and make provision for those who, through no fault of their own, lack the means and opportunities to live as well as others. Moreover I am passionate about the idea that good education and healthcare should be the right of all, whatever their means.

In everyday life however I lean strongly in the direction of personal freedom and personal responsibility and I hate the idea of the nanny state telling people what they can and can’t do, and how they should live their lives. For example I believe all…

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