"And it is not difficult to show, by abundant instances, that to extend the bounds of what may be called moral police, until it encroaches on the most unquestionably legitimate liberty of the individual, is one of the most universal of all human propensities."
John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill, 1859
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"Moral police"? Would those be the people who think you can legislate morality into existence? Or stupidity out of existence? These dangerous Idiots resemble very closely the Inquisitors of old Spain. Whatever happened to live and let live?
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of it's victims may be the most oppressive..... It would be better to live under robber barons than omnipotent moral busybodies." C.. Lewis
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Good one Jim K.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    And the justification for 'progressive' taxation is that everyone should pay 'their fair share' -- determined by whom? The moral police. Isn't it painfully ironic that we have put our trust in the most untrustworthy bunch that ever walked the Earth? Morality is truly unknown to those that wish to rule everyone else but themselves.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Mary - MI      
    The implied morality of the Politically Correct is nothing more than an ecclesiastical control mechanism. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, with its enforced dogma is an accurate and direct example of the quote's correctness.

    Growing up, I learned that there were gods many (carnal, extra human, political, etc.), each with their own morality. I also learned that morality that does not conform to the laws of nature and of nature's God is a depraved form of slavery. Morals and law enforcement by a police state is a depravity of slavery. The issue of the laws of nature and of nature's God infringement is a jurisdiction of justice administration.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
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