This is not a parody.
The more intelligent amongst us are here to make this case.
Cass Sunstein is onboard, which should be the first red flag.
Ace of Spades absolutely and brilliantly obliterates the notion. But the best response comes from Inspector @sshole, via Ace of Spades:
"...So, tell me again the difference between (1) living under such a
far-left regime and (2) being a monk of a religious order that imposes
harsh discipline 24 hours a day, or (3) being a dog trained to kill
other dogs in a kennel, or (4) being a slave of an autocratic ruler who
delights in controlling every aspect of every subject including death?
Actually, #2 provides much, much more freedom in that you are allowed to
leave freely (non-Islamic, since Islam demands death for leaving it)
and #3, the dog can always lick its own balls in the off time.
So basically being a slave is the same as being a slave - one is by committee, and one is by birth."
And Ace reminds us of the excellent counsel of CS Lewis. This is a quote for the ages:
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its
victim may be the most oppressive. It may 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."
I have to tell you, I'm shocked that someone had the wontons to even make this case. "But, Jeff, this is unintellectual of you, you haven't even read the book!" No, 1) Sunstein's endorsement and 2) the subtitle tell me all I need to know. I'm already in need of therapy for a number of personal reasons, reading and digesting this piece of insanity will certainly cause me to start rooming with Jack Nicholson and Chief.
(ht to our friends at I Hate The Media)