“If you don’t like to, then you don’t have to”, or a nonsensical argument

I have heard this time many, far too many times, but in the end I think that neither a liberal leftie, nor a libertarian would support it all its logic. It simply implies that your opinions can concern you, and nobody else. Here is my reductio ad absurdum of the argument:

  1. If you don’t like gay marriage, then you don’t have to have one.
    Response: If you don’t like polygamy and zoosexual marriage, then you don’t have to have one. Why preventing Mormons and Muslims from marrying many women? Why preventing zoophiles from marrying their soul mates?
  2. If you don’t like abortion, then you don’t have to have one.
    Response: If you don’t like to treat people as less than human, then you don’t have to do it. If you don’t like genocide, then you don’t have to participate in it. Who are you to judge the Nazis for the 6 million Jews they exterminated inhumanely?
  3. If you don’t like immigration, then you don’t have to adopt immigrant culture.
    Response: If you don’t like people behaving as the owner in your own house, then you don’t have to behave like them in your own house. But who are you to tell them that this house is yours, or to your family? This is discrimination.

And here go some arguments that a libertarian may agree with me, but the centre-left and centre-right won’t:

  1. If you don’t like guns, then you don’t have to possess one.
  2. If you don’t want to be politically incorrect and be seen as a bigot, then you don’t have to say everything that you think, or you don’t have to think politically incorrect thoughts at all.
  3. If you don’t like inequality, then you can sell the PC/phone with which you read this article and give the money to the poor.
  4. If you don’t like big business, then you don’t have to own one.
  5. If you don’t like the imperfectness and injustice of our society, then you can be the change you want to see in the world.
  6. If you don’t like the majority legislating and imposing its views on you, then you don’t have to support democracy.

But be tolerant – justice and good is a personal concept, and we all don’t want the same things after all. Except you having only what you want – unless it contradicts what I want.

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