Friday, January 30, 2009

American laws strangulating Freedom of its citizens?

A very insightful piece on how over regulation in the name of protection of Freedom of people in America is actually curbing the same thing which it is required to protect. Its a case of the fence eating the crops.

This quote from Tocqueville in that article makes so much sense

"freedom less necessary in great things than in little ones. . . . Subjection in minor affairs does not drive men to resistance, but it crosses them at every turn, till they are led to sacrifice their own will. Thus their spirit is gradually broken and their character enervated."

This also explains clearly, how in our society, by curbing the freedoms of our children by burdening them with too many books, exams, parental expectations, tuitions etc, we tend to nip their creativity in the budding stage itself.

Once that job is done by parents and school alike, in the later stage of their lives, people don't mind even when their freedoms are curbed by government in rampant ways.

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