Thursday, 23 October 2008

An addendum

to the post below (A useful reminder) re the proposal for "a walk of shame" in supermarkets for those who dare to exercise their right to buy alcohol, in the form of a quote from CS Lewis:

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

[from "God in the Dock"]

This also rasies ("tormet us without end") a point that I was thinking about the other day, which is the fact that there is no logical endpoint to the efforts of those currently in power to control and limit our right to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, no point where they will say "Right, I think we've done enough on that front now", save banning these activities on pain of criminal sanction. Sure, there may be some murmurings from the Treasury as the requirement to register with the police before cigarettes can be bought reduces the tax income from tobacco, but the fascism of "those who torment us for own good" will overcome, I am sure.

1 comment:

polly peachum said...

It might be worth bearing in mind the Calvinist values instilled by a Presbyterian upbringing and hence considering where our leaders score on a scale of Canterbury to Wee Free.
The phrase 'moral high ground' really does mean something different north of the Border.