On Tyranny

“But I say regulations like that are nothing short of tyranny,” Mr. Bates said, and we all noticed that his chin rose a few inches as he came to the end of his little speech.

“Tyranny is unjust and coercive control over our lives,” Mr. Magundi replied. “And I simply can’t see how it makes a bit of difference whether the control is imposed on us by a tyrannical government or exercised by private enterprise. A tyrant is a tyrant, whether his title is ‘Dear Leader’ or ‘Chief Executive Officer.’ So I can’t see how it infringes on our liberties to regulate tyrants and try to make them a little less tyrannical. It may infringe on the liberty of the tyrant a little, but only in the same way that laws against murder infringe on the liberty of murderers.”

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