Laws based on fear? I’m afraid so.

June 25th, 2012

I was reading an opinion piece that portrayed “Stand Your Ground” and Castle Doctrine laws as being “Laws Based on Fear”

And that got me thinking: aren’t most laws based on fear?

Fear that someone is going to rob us, rape us, hurt our children, or get an unfair advantage on the stock market?

I bet if we eliminated all the laws based on fear we’d be left with nothing but parking tickets and state-run lotteries.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Foust  |  June 26th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Too easily taken to the extreme generalization that everything is driven by fear.

  • 2. Elliot  |  June 26th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    That’s silly. Not everything is driven by fear. The rest is all about sex.. Hmmm, maybe it’s really all about the fear of not having sex?

  • 3. John Foust  |  June 26th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Fear of sex, fear of people who aren’t the same as you, fear of other people having sex when you’re not having the sex you want, fear of people who don’t believe what you do, yup, you got it.

    So who teaches people to be afraid of sex, or to be afraid of people who aren’t just like you?

    I’m sure we can think of more than a few “thou shall” laws as opposed to all the “thou shalt not” laws. Some revenue-generating laws are purely “thou shall”, while others are based on opposition – shall we call it fear? – to various substances and practices.

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