We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Those guys have devoted significant parts of their lives to trying to save me and "society" from ourselves. We are not their children, nor are they our moral and intellectual superiors. This is a deeply obnoxious and condescending mission to which the normal, healthy reaction is "Leave me the f- alone and worry about your own life, jerk. If I want your advice, I will ask for it. Which means never."
Pardon me, but I like Coke and I like guns. You do not. So it's your loss. CS Lewis said it best:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Assistant Village Idiot
The Harvard alumni magazine published a disgraceful puff piece on Sunstein in January of last year, and I was pleased to see that the letters to the editor in the next issue were almost all condemnatory of both Sunstein and the author of the puff piece. You can read them here:
“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm; but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” ― T.S. Eliot
As to these two clowns, they're the usual self-hating suspect ....