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Monday, June 30, 2014

Commonly-Accepted Premises I Don't Share and Hobby Lobby

One reason for the pointless arguments over the recent Hobby Lobby decision is that many of the arguers assume premises that the rest of us don't share. Let's see which of the premises I mentioned a few weeks ago apply:

  • Any behavior that is caused is incompatible with free will. In other words, if you do something for a reason, you are not free.
    If you decide not to get contraception because you have to pay for it, you are therefore not free.
  • History moves one way.
    This decision means history is moving in an anti-contraception direction. Soon birth control will become illegal.
  • ‘Government’ is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do together.
    Hobby Lobby can get people to do things together and is therefore a government. This means a government has banned birth control.
  • If a sufficiently-large number of people do something, they cannot be blamed. Either they are right or they have no choice.
    If some women aren't using birth control even when they need it, it must because they had no choice.
  • The amount of government is approximately constant. Regulating X means deregulating Y. Adding regulations will not strengthen the government.
    When something is no longer compulsory, it will soon be forbidden.
All this nonsense fits together.


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