On 3/24/2013 10:45 AM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM, Stephen P. King <stephe...@charter.net> wrote:
On 3/24/2013 7:12 AM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
By the way, regulation only "protects us" from accessing effective
treatments if we are too poor. Quacks can always find some loophole to

     At what point does the regulation become only a means to suppress
In my view, this happens when it regulates behaviours that only have
personal consequences or consequences within the sphere of a group of
consenting people. So 99% of regulation crosses that line.
The trouble with that standard is that almost any regulation will impact *something* that is merely personal for *someone*. If the government regulates the ownership of machine guns that impacts the behavior of a few people who like to shoot machine guns at targets. So I would say there is a question of balance. If the regulation's *main* effect is to restrict strictly personal freedoms it is a bad regulation, but some instances of personal restriction may have to be tolerated if they are necessary to regulate things with much greater public effects.


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