Monday, April 6, 2015

The State Has a Monopoly on Force...

Or not.  I mean you don't have to obey,  you can always go to jail.  And being put in a facility where most all of your rights are removed isn't force at all!

Yeah... that's Sally Kohn's defense for public accommodation laws.

*sighs*   Look, when you say "there oughta be a law"  well...  that means you want armed men to take people away who flaunt said law.  If that makes you uncomfortable then maybe the law your advocating for isn't a wise idea?

And to use Sally Kohn's example... is she aware of what would happen if someone refused to buckle up in the officer's presence?   And then tried to drive away?  Or even got out of the car and walked off?  The cop won't just shrug and let you rabbit off.

Or maybe you act all peaceful, take the ticket, smile and buckle up.  And then you don't pay it.  And then you ignore the summons to court.  What does Sally Kohn think happens next?

And that rational is a really, really bad way to defend a law because....

Look, you want to defend public accommodation laws,  or maybe argue for expanding them because, while they've got flaws, they're's some loopholes that make them worse.  Go ahead.  You can make a good argument for that.   One can even make arguments against conscious exceptions.

But really  don't argue that laws aren't important because they're not really enforced.

Via Ace, who links to another bit of dumb.  (See its' the Right Wing's fault that Rolling Stone  got rolled and went all in on a story that turned out to be false.)

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