We want to rule you because you are stupid and powerless and we are wise

Samizdata points us to this wonderful book: Against Autonomy, Justifying Coercive Paternalism.

From the Samizdata Post:

But as the example above shows, once supposedly “academic” and “scientific” people put about the idea that we are nothing more than puppets in a deterministic universe, certain consequences follow. It can – although it needn’t – lead to fatalism and nihilism. It can also mean that certain intellectuals and the like, rather as the Marxists of old, consider themselves able to rise above the herd, diagnose the ills of we meat-puppets, and lead us “for our own good”.

The philosopher Stephen Hicks tells us we should be forced to buy the book.

From the Hicks post we learn that:

Conly’s faculty page indicates that her next book will be about the goodness of using force to prevent people from having the wrong number of children.

Conly is a professor at Bowdoin. Neither the Ace or the Deuce will be attending.

Hat tip for this whole mess goes to The News Junkie.

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