Written in honor of former Mayor of NYC, Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg, who had recently retired. Good quotes from Henry David Thoreau, C. S. Lewis, and Friedrich Hölderin on the tyrannical outcomes of busy-bodies with good intentions getting hold of the levers of power. The banning of large sodas and salt and smoking may be trivial in comparison to what other do-gooding overlords have done, but the lesson is still the same. Adapted from the January 2nd original

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.

— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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.”

— C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock

Their threats are terrible enough, but we could bear

All that; it is their promises that bring despair.

— C.S. Lewis on politicians, Lines During a General Election

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.

— Friedrich Hölderin, Hyperion or The Hermit in Greece (also quoted in part by F.A. Hayek in The Road to Serfdom)

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