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Telling Others What to Do


Some people in life like telling others what to do.

"You can't have a romantic relationship with someone of the same sex."
"You can't make 10 times more money than your neighbor for the same number of hours worked."
"You can't put offensive lyrics on the radio."
"You can't drive a car that uses a lot of gas."
"You can't just say anything you want about the government."
"You can't use drugs anywhere at anytime."

Note that in these examples, no one is directly hurting anyone else, nor is anyone limiting the freedoms of others.

There are folks who are, for lack of a better term, busybodies. They make it their business to know what your business is. They tend to believe that people should live as they live, and they tend to expend some amount of effort trying to force others to live how they believe life should be lived.

There are only a couple of ways to do that:

  1. Make your best pitch and work to convince others that your way of life is better than what they currently know.
  2. Find any means necessary to force them to comply.
The first respects freedom of will. The second completely ignores it.

Because the second way is easier, it's usually the means adopted. The first way is simply too hard... it leaves room for someone to just disagree with you and ignore you. And damn it - you won't be ignored, will you?

Therefore, these busybody types tend to become involved in government.

govern (verb): to control
They seek to use the government to make you do what they believe is right. They aim to control you and regulate your activities. Your business is their business. And to make their busybody activities life sustaining, they will take money from you to fund their busybody activities. It's for your own good, you see. Never mind that they are not producing anything. Never mind that you don't want to pay them what you earned through your own production. You owe them - because they're so right about this. It's for the good of everyone.

There are only two reasons to get involved in government:

  1. You want to tell others what to do and what to think.
  2. You want to stop those who want to tell others what to do and what to think.
There is no polite way to say, "Fuck you," to the busybodies of the world. It's going to be a fight, replete with disagreement and consternation and awkward moments. But so be it. Because they insist on their unproductive busybodiness.

What worthless human beings busybodies are.


by Brett Rogers, 3/14/2010 1:19:35 PM


Seeing how politeness isn't often in ole Pale Rider's arsenal I give a big thumbs up, or better yet dual middle fingers to the busybodies of the world!



Posted by Pale Rider, 3/17/2010 11:18:35 PM

I couldn't agree more, and that's why I'm a democrat. 4 of the 6 items you list come from the conservative agenda, not progressives.



Posted by Shane Schulte, 3/19/2010 10:55:44 AM

Well, national bankruptcy is never a good look, so I'm hanging with the Republicans at the moment, though they're only marginally better than the Democrats on spending. I will say that Republicans are much more likely - at this time - to limit the growth of government. Hopefully, they're getting it. Time will tell.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 3/19/2010 11:47:03 AM

As Libertarian, I can say my party is "right" (errs on the side of freedom) on all of those issues.

After being out of the loop for 9 days, Washington has only reaffirmed my belief that the two major parties are hopelessly in love with their own power. In the context of the above items it's arguing 1/3 oppressed vs. 2/3 oppressed.

I prefer not to be oppressed at all.



Posted by Casey Head (, 3/21/2010 11:06:28 PM

Completely agree with you on Bankruptcy. I plan on getting more actively involved in our local and state government to make sure that our tax dollars are spent wisely and that we're getting the value and results we need. But I do feel that our government plays an important role, one that ensures fairness, justice, and opportunity.



Posted by Shane Schulte, 3/21/2010 11:28:07 PM

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