A recent post inspired the following response from me, and I thought it was worth re-posting here, since it offers a small glimpse into the source of my politics:
Everyone who thinks there should be limits to liberty always makes the same basic assumption: that people are assholes, and will happily let each other die in the streets. This, in my opinion, is the purest high-grade horseshit. Unfortunately, I have never seen anyone change their mind on this subject; people seem to either think that humans are capable of holding themselves and each other to a level of adult responsibility without some daddy figure forcing them to; or they believe that humans are animals who would happily eat each other’s young if they knew they could get away with it. And in my experience, never the twain shall meet.
And this is yet another reason that I find most political discussions to be a waste of time.