Reminds me of this:
“The law is justice—simple and clear, precise and bounded. Every eye can see it, and every mind can grasp it; for justice is measurable, immutable, and unchangeable. Justice is neither more than this nor less than this. If you exceed this proper limit—if you attempt to make the law religious, fraternal, equalizing, philanthropic, industrial, literary, or artistic—you will then be lost in an uncharted territory, in vagueness and uncertainty, in a forced utopia or, even worse, in a multitude of utopias, each striving to seize the law and impose it upon you. This is true because fraternity and philanthropy, unlike justice, do not have precise limits. Once started, where will you stop? And where will the law stop itself?” Frederic Bastiat
This is what happens when, instead of justice, personal conceptions of utopia drive policy, when each politician tries to impose his view of “the perfect society” upon everyone else. Banning sodas and encouraging abortions among 12 year olds behind their parents’ backs is exactly the kind of nonsense that results when government intervention abandons justice and makes the law about something else entirely: whether it be promoting personal health, the sexual liberation of 12 year olds or making everyone experience the same level of happiness.
I disapprove of binge drinking, habitual smoking, contraception, cussing and more but for me to enforce those particular views upon everyone else through the use of government coercion would be wrong because, while people really shouldn’t do any of those things, the law would cease to be about justice and instead would become the means where one man decides how all the rest must live – or else. As the late economist Milton Friedman so eloquently put it, “Whenever we depart from voluntary cooperation and try to do good by using force, the bad moral value of force triumphs over good intentions.” The law divorced from justice is nothing more than the personal fiat of politicians.