June 24, 2005

Everywhere should be Disneyland...

The American Spectator talks with Hitchins, about his opposition to a smoking ban...

...The ban is un-American for all these reasons, Hitchens explained in an interview with TAS Tuesday. Settings such as the Apollo Room in Williamsburg's Raleigh Tavern were crucial to civilized life and the plotting of the American Revolution, Hitchens says. "The availability of intoxicating liquors and various forms of tobacco is in some way essential here. The existence of the bohemian has always been important to the righted life. You went there for an unrestricted atmosphere." ...

I like that!

....This former man of the left is a bit puzzled to find himself opposing left-wing prohibitionists. Reasoning by the standard of "diversity," "which I think you could be sure would be a celebrated word on the D.C. Council," the smoking ban ought not to pass.

Though conservatives have historically favored some prohibitions, Hitchens concedes that "the current version of prohibitionism is a left one. It's phrased in what you'd have to describe as a liberal voice, but it has a fundamentally illiberal conclusion. And it believes everywhere should be a freakin' cheerful Disneyland. I don't want to live in a freakin' cheerful Disneyland. I want to live in a world with fearful anxiety and with all the things to combat it."

As somebody once said, "The wine of life has turned to Gatoraide." Blehhh.

Those lefty puffballs aren't banning smoking because they care about my health, they do it for the moral preening, and the chance to bully people. And to stamp out diversity...

Thanks to The Anchoress

Posted by John Weidner at June 24, 2005 9:53 PM
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