Progressive societies tend to quickly impose restrictions on behaviors that are considered dangerous to ‘society’. Occasionally, this goal of providing security for society is achieved at the cost of people’s freedoms but progressive voters don’t doubt that the exchange is a worthwhile one.
For instance, some people, many of them thoughtful and educated parents, choose not to vaccinate their children for various reasons. Progressive politicians like New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, have little hesitation in imposing mandatory vaccination orders with fines of $1,000 for violators. This sounds logical and seems to be prudent public policy. In the name of public health government trounces parents’ freedoms.
Years ago the freedoms of a private citizen to open a restaurant that allowed smoking were abrogated. By that time, the rights of people to smoke in most public areas had long since been trampled. How was this achieved? By government addressing what it saw as its duty to provide health for all. But wait, then surely government should have banned not only smoking but also mountain climbing and bungee jumping along with all other life-threatening activities? “No,” answered big-government progressives. “While climbing and other high risk activities imperil only the participant himself,” they insisted, “smoking jeopardizes everyone because smoke exhaled by the smoker pollutes all the air for all living things.” Again, the greater good was achieved with a corresponding loss of freedom judged by many to be a worthy exchange.