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C.S. Lewis On The Smoking Ban

C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia and many other great works was asked about the plan by Belmar, and now possibly by the state too, to ban smoking in public areas:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”



  1. joegoofinoff wrote:

    Nothing wrong with imbeciles – Most of the smartest people I know are imbeciles.


    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:37 am | Permalink
  2. Tom Burke wrote:

    Interesting Feat by Mr. Lewis to be so perceptive and have the foresight to ask such a question. Perhaps we forgot that he is dead, having died the same day that JFK was assassinated.

    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

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