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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 15, 2018, 08:18 PM

46. Given the damage to self and others,

end the sale of alcohol to everyone.

Then again, we tried that and it rather spectacularly failed.

Moreover, it wouldn't require a Constitutional convention. Or the kind of redefining of words that would allow "freedom" to mean "what's permitted and not objectionable" so that "freedom of the press" means "all the news somebody else thinks fit to print" and "freedom of speech" means "what every group finds not objectionable."

It's a slippery slope, that kind of redefining. Now, I hate slippery slope arguments. The most cogent discussion of them that I've read said that they usually fail because at some point there's a gut reaction or something else putting up a blockade on the slope that stops the slipping. However, legal arguments tended to avoid that because they're abstract.

Now, I found that last bit un-reassuring, because in many cases judges look at the inevitable logical conclusion and say "nuh-uh." Then SCOTUS sometimes confirms this. However, I fear that even more because the replacement of legal logic with a kind of legal "gut" leads to all sorts of caprice and whim, the leaps and contortions of which make Paganini's 24 seem trite and simplistic.

Best not to go that way. That way there be dragons.

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