Why do so many have the immediate reaction of putting prior restraint on people’s actions instead of restricting the people who actually abuse thier freedoms? For example, in the ‘child licensing’ thread, a number of people came out in (generally theoretical) favor of requiring some kind of license or test before having a kid. Wouldn’t it make more sense for a free society to avoid restricting what its responsible citizens do, and instead impose penalties on people who have kids they can’t support, don’t raise their kids in a remotely reasonable manner, etc?
The tendancy for people to want to pass a law requiring some massive new beurocracy to tell everyone how to live their lives is pretty frightening. Especially when there is a very workable and less abusable system already in general use - punishing people for doing Bad Things, rather than instituting more forms to be filled, more government workers to abuse their petty power, more fees to be paid, etc.