The Society of the Owned: Under the Bus

Terrance Heath

Part Two of a series.

Consider this scenario. You’re standing at a busy street corner when you see someone about to step off the curb right into the path of an oncoming bus. You have just enough time and you’re close enough to reach out and stop them before it’s too late. Do you? Conservatism says, no.

Now consider this scenario. You’re standing at a busy street corner when you see someone about to step in front of a speeding bus. Someone else beside you is about to reach out and stop the other person from becoming roadkill. Even if you don’t attempt to stop the person from stepping in front of the bus, would you actually stop the would-be rescuer from stopping them? Even if the driver was deliberately aiming for the would-be victim? Conservatism says, yes.

Conservatism apparently holds that some people should end up under the bus, or at the very least no one should try to keep them from ending up there.

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