Shikha Dalmia: Freedom Does Not Equal Polygamy and Heroin


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Cultural conservatives can't be too happy about the country's growing tolerance for gay marriage and legal marijuana, both of which a slim majority now supports. This erosion of traditional moral codes, they fear, will put America on the highway to Gomorrah. But removing government from the business of enforcing morality doesn't mean that individuals will celebrate their liberation by smoking crack and throwing orgies. Conservatives are wrong, explains Shikha Dalmia, to worry that libertarian policies will lead to libertinism.