At the risk of a eugenics argument--and before the Great Nazi Horror, eugenics was a hot and active topic in the US as well--I draw the line between "safety warnings" and "mandatory safety".
It is one thing to highlight unobvious dangers, like sticking a "Wet Floor" sign up when you are mopping. But quite a different one to require everyone to wear spiked shoes, just in case they cross a slippery one during the day.
In the case of the young, the infirm, those who are too (whatever) to protect themselves, I can see the argument that society has to take care of those who can't care for themselves. The problem there, is the way that gets extended to Stupid.
Seat belts? Yeah, I should be able to buy them. Shouldn't be required to USE them, that's my choice. And if I don't use them--my insurance
policy should be allowed to say "no belts? No payout for injuries!"
That's called freedom of choice, and we seem to forget that. Stupid is a choice, and "removed from the gene pool" is a great choice. Sometimes a little rough on the survivors, but good for the species. The alternative is, after all, eventually defining freedom to mean "What color rubber padding will you wear today?"
I think my favorite Darwin Awards are for the robber who stuck a live lobster down his pants, and the guy who used a cigarette lighter to see how much gas was in his tank. Even though both survived.
? Let's not forget, the Chinese use chopsticks because one of the great dynasties banned the civilian ownership
of metal implements for a thousand years. No forks, no knives, only wooden spoons, to ensure that the peasants couldn't take up arms. And now, there's a movement in the UK to ban those unnecessary and dangerous pointed kitchen kives--which are being used in home arguments and stabbings.
, anyone? Do you have your "Hot Food