My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., Speech in Detroit, 7 Oct. 1952
[Y]our mother was a hamster & your father smelt of elderberrys!
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Does freedom offend you as it does me? Lets hope so. After all, if you live in this society, you are likely offended each and every day.
Maybe it was the guy in the car next to you blasting acid rock music to everyone within a 20 block radius. Perhaps it was some religious kook who tried to hand you some kind of religious pamphlet on the street.
One way or another, all those losers have chosen to inconvenience you in some way. They want to sell you something or show you something or disagree with you on something, or any one of a million "somethings" that suits them and annoys you. Who are they, losers that they are, to waste your precious time?
In the United States, its a chronic problem. On a personal note, I could get to work much faster (45 minutes as opposed to 1 hour and 15 minutes) if everyone would either just learn to drive or get out of my way!
So, I have to ask... Is freedom really all it's cracked up to be? Perhaps we could scale back just a bit to make this society a more civil, and civilized, place to live.
I think we should follow this guideline:
If it offends, get rid of it!
So, if we see offensive religious displays, they should be taken down. If a newspaper publishes offensive material, or if a radio/TV broadcasts offensive material, it should be shut down. If some kooky religious group organizes a march on an issue that offends people, they should be arrested!
I think what might be appropriate is the establishment of a group that I will call the "Civil Patrol." The Civil Patrol (CP for short), will have as their primary responsibility the cleanup of this offensive society. Any citizen that sees something offensive can go to the CP and lodge a complaint and the CP will follow-up within 24 hours to assess the level of offense and to issue a ruling.