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  • To protect against any and all harm

    7 26.92%
  • To ensure equal and fair outcomes

    6 23.08%
  • To prevent unjust enrichment

    7 26.92%
  • To set boundaries of individual conduct

    8 30.77%
  • To prudently conserve public resources

    11 42.31%
  • To provide orderly protections of individual rights

    25 96.15%
  • To maintain social order

    11 42.31%
  • To maintain social justice

    10 38.46%
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Thread: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    So basically it is not acceptable to criminalize public nudity at any level of government? Towns can't elect to be "dry"?
    Depends.

    It should be a felony for Roseanne Barr to run around nekkid.

    Michelle Obama might be all right.

    How about if we implement an oversight board to approve public nudity permits, renewable annually by permission only?

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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Why should someone vacate their home just because 50%+1 of his neighbors have decided that he's not paying enough taxes to fund their public swimming pool?
    see post #7

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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    I would say no, it is not acceptable, unless a clear and demonstrable harm can be shown by mere nudity.

    Where there is no harm, there should be no law.
    I think one could make a strong case that defecating in one's front yard poses no 'harm' to the public. I think there's a solid basis for public decency laws.


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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    I think one could make a strong case that defecating in one's front yard poses no 'harm' to the public. I think there's a solid basis for public decency laws.

    Why? It's OK if I let my dog defecate in my front yard, so why shouldn't I be able to do it myself?
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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Why? It's OK if I let my dog defecate in my front yard, so why shouldn't I be able to do it myself?
    Your dog might lick itself in the front yard, too... might it not?


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    fyi Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    On any given social topic, how much government involvement should there be?
    The absolute minimum. The purpose of government is to protect people's individual rights--to protect their liberty, lives, and property from the wrongdoings of OTHERS.

    It is NOT to protect people from themselves or to regulate their lifestyles.

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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    I think one could make a strong case that defecating in one's front yard poses no 'harm' to the public. I think there's a solid basis for public decency laws.

    Oh, I can make a very strong case for "harm" from that. Dysentery and cholera alone are potent points in that argument.

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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Why? It's OK if I let my dog defecate in my front yard, so why shouldn't I be able to do it myself?
    In some places there are laws about that.

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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    A poll cannot capture this adequately. There are different levels of gov't and different ways they can regulate Local gov't empowering traditional authority structures like the family is a long way from the arbitrary, centralised authoritarianism of a social democrat, central state.

    In general gov't can interfere enough in my book to keep society together and flourishing, it must do it at the most appropriate level, according to the principle of subsidiarity thought.
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    Re: What is an acceptable reason for government regulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    A poll cannot capture this adequately.
    Probably not....but if it provides a point of departure for discussion, then it has served its purpose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    In general gov't can interfere enough in my book to keep society together and flourishing, it must do it at the most appropriate level, according to the principle of subsidiarity thought.
    And what is a "flourishing" society?

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