Those who wish to regulate are no different than the ancient religious.  It is a desire to substitute the morality of one for all without respect for individual liberty or freedom.  The modern battle is a battle over a modern religion the religion of science.  Like the religions of the past the modern religion of science is severed into two camps.  There the economists and the environmentalists.  There are obviously more than two camps but these two groups are the clearest forms from which the distinction can be made and many fall in between the two.  Like at most points in history there are those who defend individual autonomy, liberty and responsibility and those who favor centralized power and dominance.  In the modern world we have the environmentalist and other who support massive regulation of our everyday lives except instead of relying on the dictates of a deity they claim science.  Likewise the economists seek to forward individual autonomy and liberty with an effort away from centralized control.  Like the environmentalists the economists too claim science as the source of their power.  The difference between the religious wars of old the one today is that each side claims to be supported by science as oppose to deity but what is the practical difference?  Environmentalists want to burden mankind with the dictates of an organized code of written morality… sound familiar?  The economists want mankind to be freed from the bounds of artificial rules which make them less happy and less productive.  It sounds as though it is the same old story in a new setting. Like a Hollywood movie the plots seem to repeat themselves over and over with different names and faces on the same old characters… 
 


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