Bad Comparison: Laundry List of “Rights”

The problem with this list is that it ignores externalities. For example, “Don’t like alcohol? Don’t drink alcohol.” This is probably fine for most people, but there are people who become violent when they drink. Such people should probably not be allowed to drink alcohol. Cigarettes are fine for people to smoke in some places, but there are good reasons not to allow them in crowds.

Unfortunately, the question of where individual rights end and effects on others begin is not as trivial as the meme makes it seem.

h/t Ian Barrs



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