[internetworkers] Erection (morality and law)
quack at ibiblio.org
Fri Nov 5 13:15:22 EST 2004
Michael Best said:
>> Tanner Lovelace wrote:
>> "Judge not, lest ye be judged"? Instead we have the inquisition
>> (lite, so far) where if you don't believe what I do you must be
>> evil incarnate and laws must be passed to guarantee morality.
>> That's what scares me the most about this election.
> I wanted to comment on "laws enforcing morality." It seems to
> me that most laws, both from the right and left, are about
> morality -- an idea of right and proper behavior.
What we have here is a case of "precise, but not accurate". You're right,
that laws are a codification of morality (by definition) -- and that's
where you're precise. However, your accuracy is lacking -- by the
ambiguity in the multiple uses of the term 'morality'. The recent
proliferation of this term seems to be in uses where freedoms are
restricted -- and that's where you miss your aim.
> So you're scared of the "right" trying to force their morality on
> you. But they're also scared of the "left" doing the same.
> Personally I'm scared of both.
There's a difference between a law that RESTRICTS my freedom to make a
lifestyle choice, and a law that ALLOWS me the freedom to make a lifestyle
choice. It seems that the "right"'s morality is much heavier on the
restricting than the allowing. If you have examples of the "left"'s
morality being restrictive, please share; I'm likely against those as
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