Joe Pemberton, CC BY NC NDJoe Pemberton, CC BY NC NDGovernment often says "no" to protect us from ourselves. It's as if the government is still run by the Puritans who settled this land four centuries ago. They said pleasure and luxury are sinful.

Today's government has a better argument when it seeks to restrict activities that might harmĀ others, but even that argument, says John Stoseel, often focuses more on things that upset modern-day Puritans.