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  • Jun 08 / 2011
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Oh, Grow Up!

With the success of the anti-tobacconists, every conceivable kind of business could suddenly find itself liable, retroactively, for alleged risks dreamed up by unscrupulous lawyers and their conniving clients. Litigation itself could prove hazardous to our health, and to the health of our free enterprise system. Do we really want to be a nation of victims, a nation of petulant children? This is what we will become if we keep refusing to accept responsibility for our actions. Life is full of risks. The only way to avoid them all is not to get out of bed in the morning, and then you run the risk of muscular atrophy. People make mistakes; it’s part of being human. Some people acknowledge them; some blame others. The ones who accept responsibility are called adults. – “Random Thoughts on Responsibility,” F.R. Duplantier

As much as you may love your parents, would you want to move back home again and be treated like a child? Most people would answer no, but many of those who would are perfectly content to have the government take care of them — and treat them like children. With freedom comes responsibility. Let someone relieve you of your responsibilities and they will soon usurp your freedom. Be a man. Be a woman. Not a victim. Not a child.

  • Jun 04 / 2011
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Shut Up Already!

Do this! Don’t do that! Eat this repulsive vegetable. Stay away from that tantalizing pastry. Don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t enjoy any unauthorized pleasure. Don’t make value judgments. Don’t confuse us with facts and logic. Do what you’re told. It’s for your own good. Wear your seatbelt, wear your helmet, wear a pink ribbon. Smile! Nag, nag, nag. Know-it-alls and busybodies everywhere. Aren’t you sick of them? – “Random Thoughts on Guardianship,” F.R. Duplantier

Get used to being told what to do. Our government is going to take better and better care of us in the years ahead.

  • Jul 02 / 2009
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We’re All Adults Here, Right?

With the success of the anti-tobacconists, every conceivable kind of business could suddenly find itself liable, retroactively, for alleged risks dreamed up by unscrupulous lawyers and their conniving clients. Litigation itself could prove hazardous to our health, and to the health of our free enterprise system. Do we really want to be a nation of victims, a nation of petulant children? This is what we will become if we keep refusing to accept responsibility for our actions. Life is full of risks. The only way to avoid them all is not to get out of bed in the morning, and then you run the risk of muscular atrophy. People make mistakes; it’s part of being human. Some people acknowledge them; some blame others. The ones who accept responsibility are called adults. – “Random Thoughts on Responsibility,” F.R. Duplantier

As much as you may love your parents, would you want to move back home again and be treated like a child? Most people would answer no, but many of those who would are perfectly content to have the government take care of them — and treat them like children. With freedom comes responsibility. Let someone relieve you of your responsibilities and they will soon usurp your freedom. Be a man. Be a woman. Not a victim. Not  a child.

  • Jun 30 / 2009
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It Takes a Village to Infantilize an Adult

Do this! Don’t do that! Eat this repulsive vegetable. Stay away from that tantalizing pastry. Don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t enjoy any unauthorized pleasure. Don’t make value judgments. Don’t confuse us with facts and logic. Do what you’re told. It’s for your own good. Wear your seatbelt, wear your helmet, wear a pink ribbon. Smile! Nag, nag, nag. Know-it-alls and busybodies everywhere. Aren’t you sick of them? – “Random Thoughts on Guardianship,” F.R. Duplantier

Get used to being told what to do. Our government is going to take better and better care of us in the years ahead.

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