Monday, July 18, 2011

Light Goes On?

The ban on the sale of incandescent light bulbs set to be phased in January 1 is being opposed by some in the name of freedom. Whose freedom? Usually we say that people should be free to do as they wish if they do not affect others. But if some buy incandescent bulbs and thereby use more electricity and require more coal-burning generaton, they most certainly affect me. In an interdependent world, no honest argument may be made for freedom in general. The honest statement is that one person's freedem to use incandescent bulbs is a non-freedom for others.

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