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Whose Life Is It?

George McGovern
From the Print Edition:
Pierce Brosnan, Nov/Dec 97

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We are witnessing a new age in this country: the fragmentation of society along lines that do not break on typical demographics such as race, age or income. These new divisions are based on paternalism-what we believe is best for each other.

The beauty of choice is that it allows some people to drive a high-powered car to dinner, allows others to have a drink with dinner and allows a cigarette to be smoked after dinner. In all cases, we require individuals to make certain their behavior does not have an impact on others. To the degree that it does, they will be held responsible for their choices.

But when we no longer allow these choices, both civility and common sense will have been diminished.

George McGovern, the Democratic nominee for president in 1972, is the author of Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism.


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