Knowing what is best for others

Today, I saw yet another libertarian complaint that any check on people's freedom to exchange -- for instance, mandating store closings on Thanksgiving -- is a sign that the proponent thinks he "knows what is best for others."

Ironically, this complaint came from an anarchist, who claims to know that no government would really be best for everyone in the world, despite the fact that 7.199 out of 7.2 billion of us disagree with him.

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  1. Nine times out of ten that objection doesn't even remotely apply. Most people who favor regulations don't favor them because they think "they know what's best for others". They favor whatever regulations they favor because they don't want it happening to them.

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  2. "…despite the fact that 7.199 out of 7.2 billion of us disagree with him."

    That's too generous. That still leaves about 1,000,000 of them.

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