When you wish you had a crystal ball, or not.
I listened to this while writing this post, try it while you read :o)
This post is the ninth of a series of fifteen posts about freedom during the COVID-19 crisis. These posts must be read in order, starting with the 6th post would make absolutely no sense to the reader. Enjoy reading and above all, enjoy reflecting.
Now, let’s suppose that all the citizens in the neighbourhood are fed up with all this noise and that by common agreement (or by a very large majority), they decide to put forward a regulation prohibiting any activity producing unnatural noise louder than 30db unless they apply for a permit. Does this measure infringe on individual freedom? Well, no. In a context where a minority, or even a small majority, imposes its wishes on others, we would be in a different situation, but if everyone is in “almost” common agreement and wants to add this rule to enjoy a sense of individual freedom, well, it would be crazy not to do it. In our context, a temporary exemption is possible, still leaving everyone free to be able to produce noise for an “essential” reason, or if it were for a celebration, for example, but we must remember that everything is done in an “almost” fully democratic process.
Let’s finish with this example of noise. If, for example, citizens wanted to make their lives easier and install noise sensors with alarms or other detection devices, the same rule applies. If, by mutual agreement, almost all citizens wish to have such a device, considering that it would help raise awareness of accidental incidents and that it would help social peace, why not? It would be unacceptable for a local government to unilaterally decide to install this type of device.
To be continued tomorrow…
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Translation by Abbie Sims: https://www.linkedin.com/in/acsims/
Last Updated on May 15, 2020 by Coach Danny