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Or as Macaulay put it a few decades before C.S. Lewis:

[Fredrick the Great] did not, it is true, intend to act unjustly. He firmly believed that he was doing right, and defending the cause of the poor against the wealthy. Yet this well-meant meddling probably did far more harm than all the explosions of his evil passions during the whole of his long reign. We could make shift to live under a debauchee or a tyrant; but to be ruled by a busybody is more than human nature can bear.
— Thomas Babington Macaulay, Review of Fredrick the Great and His Times


On point, but let's also include neo-puritan efforts to control behavior that isn't traditionally seen as immoral like eating fatty foods or guzzling that sweet, sweet carbonated cola.

Dave Tufte

Interesting. I know a bit about Frederick the Great's military adventures, but I didn't know he was a social busybody too.

Wait ... hold on ... isn't he the source of all that Prussian asceticism? Chalk that up to a middle-age moment.

Dave Tufte

Cortney: I agree with you ... but don't you think the whole point of continuing to use the puritan moniker is to label people who do choose to view all personal choices as moral ones.

FWIW: I've found that there are more people in Utah that think that a person's weight is a morality issue. I'm not sure if this is a western thing or a Utah thing though.

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