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Illegal Incandescents

A couple days ago I saw in the news that the legislatures in California and New Jersey are considering legislation designed to limit the use of incandescent lights, in favor of flourescents. The California proposal would ban incandescent bulbs.

The spectra of flourescent and incandescent lights are not the same; Megan experimented with flourescents and then had to defend her decision to stick with incandescents. Some people would be significantly affected by a mandatory switch to flourescent lighting.

In this case it isn't the technical advantages and disadvantages of different lighting systems that interest me; it's the political angle. Specifically, I'm worked up about the fact that this is a political issue at all.

Lighting legislation is merely the latest symptom of the disease of using political power to control others. Driven by environmentalism, liberal politicians want to force everyone to use the "right" kind of lights. But there's no shelter available by turning to conservative politicians; they have their own agenda of control (for example, restricting gambling).

I feel a longish essay coming on. I have many things to say about why it's wrong to try to control others' decisions. Even — especially — when you think they're making the wrong decisions.


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