There is always a reason to pass draconian laws and destroy peoples freedom. Always. When you debate your left wing or for that matter your right wing friends, when you ask about a law they like they will always have an explanation as to why that particular limit on your freedom has to exist but perhaps the one they dont like does not.
The thing that really sickens me, is how the new face of totalitarianism, the slow gentle creeping and ever sanctimonious and smug faces and voices so common now in Canada and the US, replace the more familiar Stalins and Pol Pots we are so used to, with guns and starvation. These guys one pen stroke at a time are trying to create a utopia not based on science but on assumptions using faux and crypto-enviornmentalism and of course, the old-standby, ‘public health’ to make sure your behavior always conforms to the current political fashion. These people bank on your rational risk-benifit. They know that so long as its slow, and one thing at a time, just like the Muslim brotherhood and their ‘Milestones’ project to force Islamic sensibilities on us, that we won’t risk what freedom and wealth we have to fight these annoying little regulations that are foisted upon us one, after the other, after the other.
From draconian smoking bylaws to transfats to plastic bags and it will not stop there. This is fashion not science. And it is the totalitarian-utopian impulse being observed by politicians not a genuine attempt to husband or administer a society of free men.
After you watch the clip above, please take the 20 odd minutes and watch the excellent Penn & Teller TV episode on recycling. But you know what? Even if recycling was a good thing, it is still wrong to force it or ban plastic bags. The citizens of Toronto should heap dog feces in mountains on the steps and lawns of city hall till they remember just how useful plastic bags can be.