> I am an individualist and I don't want some gov'ment burro crat telling
>me how to live.
I'd like to comment on two issues here: meta and micromanaging how people
behave and legislating morality
The first seems to me to be a spectrum of the fewest *laws* or *rules* to
the *most* and Daniel gives us a grand example of telling people whether
they could run to get their mail or not. That is an instance of
micromanaging. Metamanaging would of course be the opposite: The golden
rule: Do unto others that you would have done to you is a prime example.
Creating a sustainable community in balance both internally and externally
has been done before and can be done again. The considerations Frank
mentions are important to the goal of sustainability.
Maybe we on this list can think of some more metamanagement rules.
Now, the second issue, of making people do things you think are *right*, is
similar but not identical. I am thinking of the debates on legalization of
drugs. The example that always comes to my mind is the 55-mile-an-hour
speed limit. Few people, even the most law-abiding, honored that law. Why
not? Similarly, the use of drugs not available legally is evidenced among
most age groups, most racial groups, and most economic groups--perhaps this
is a health issue rather than a legislative one and needs to be addressed
as such. The moral issues of breaking laws interest me: do we create
outlaws with poorly thought-out legislation or will there always be
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