“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

America’s favorite miniature dictator is at it again. Luckily for us (and New York City specifically), he’s no longer in power. At least not in any official capacity. Still, it seems that this doesn’t stop this quintessential busybody from mouthing off from time to time (in addition to peddling anti-gun paranoia and propaganda). Not more than one week ago, he had this to say in an interview conducted by the New York Times:

I am telling you, if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

Aside from this being deficient soteriology (“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”), it really is a hubristic thing for anyone to say, whether or not there is a God, especially when it’s coming from a self-righteous reprobate like New York City’s former Mayor.

I have written about Bloomberg before, indirectly. Shortly after the end of his mayoral service career, I shared some good quotes that I thought applied to the man who banned large sodas and salt, supposedly for his constituents’ own good. Here they are again, and they are all still relevant, especially the last:

From Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with a conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

From God in the Dock, by C. S. Lewis:

My contention is that good men (not bad men) consistently acting upon that position would act as cruelly and unjustly as the greatest tyrants. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth.

This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because ‘we ought to have known better,’ is to be treated as a human person made in God’s image.”

From Lines During a General Election, also by C. S. Lewis

Their threats are terrible enough, but we could bear

All that; it is their promises that bring despair.

And last (but perhaps most profound given Bloomberg’s choice of words) from Friedrich Hölderin’s Hyperion or The Hermit in Greece (also quoted in part by F.A. Hayek in The Road to Serfdom):

By Heaven! he knows not what his sin is who would make the state a school of morals. The state has always been made a hell by man’s wanting to make it his heaven.

Is this not exactly what our benevolent, magnanimous rulers are doing? You’d think maybe they have a messiah complex or something!

Originally published by Hank at the Libertarian Liquidationist.