Different cultures develop different tolerances for government control. Many European citizens would probably not put up with some of the things Americans take for granted as a result of the War on Drugs and post-9/11 security. On the other hand, some Europeans seem put put up with regulation of the minutiae of life in ways that Americans never would.
Take names. In some places you can't name your kid what you want. Now while Gwynneth Paltrow's kids may eventually approve of such a stance, I don't. Wh should the people of Sweden — who are, in most respects, a free people — let the government tell them whether or not they can name a baby girl Elvis? The proper response to such hippy-dippy parental foolishness isn't government micromanaging. It's widespread behind-the-parents'-backs mockery, the occasional cocktail-fueled rude joke, and eventually a huge therapy bill when Elvis gets to high school.
Why would people allow their elected representatives to tell them what they can or can't name a child?
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