I get asked – what’s a Clover? Definition herewith:
* Clover (noun):
The root cause of every affront to liberty. The spoonful of poo that ruins a gallon of ice cream. Clovers are instinctive authoritarian control freaks. They can be found on the political left and the political right and in between. They do not believe in live and let live. They believe in telling others how to live – using violence and threats of violence to coerce obedience.
Clovers can’t abide the organic society, voluntary interaction or free exchange. The are driven to control and regulate and micromanage and absolutely will not leave you alone.
Clovers think it’s ok to violate the rights of individuals when it’s done by a group or by an uber Clover claiming to “represent” a group. Clovers think individual dictators are bad but the dictatorship of the “majority” is acceptable.
Morality for a Clover is a function of numbers; that is, of might.
You are not free to disagree with a Clover.
Clovers equate legal and illegal with moral right and wrong. If an action is legal than it it is morally right. And if an action is illegal then it is morally wrong and anyone who is “guilty” of committing the proscribed act deserves to be punished.
For which it is not necessary to produce an actual victim – a human being who was harmed by the action at issue.
For a Clover, right and wrong are constructs of law. They do not grok moral law.
Clovers believe the state can be a “victim” and that the greatest sin is to affront the authority of the state (that is, of other Clovers).
Clovers regard those who are paid to enforce their writ as “heroes.”
They always have “plans” and speak in terms of “we” – as if you agreed to their plans. Clovers reflexively presume the right to speak for you.
Clovers believe in something they call “implied consent” and the “general welfare” – which is always some particular thing favored by the Clover.
Clovers believe that their feelings about what “someone” might do justifies punishing people who haven’t actually done anything to anyone.
Clovers believe in group guilt.
They also believe that you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent.
Clovers believe the end (whatever they deem worthwhile) always justifies the means.
A Clover isn’t stopped in his tracks by a moral principle. For example, that it’s wrong to presume every driver on a given stretch of road is a “dangerous drunk” until he proves to the satisfaction of a cop that he isn’t.
Clovers believe that constructs such as “society” have rights – but actual human beings don’t.
Clovers think it’s ok to take your money if it’s called “taxes.”
They like to “help” others… with other people’s money.
They can’t stand privacy.
Clovers think people are too irresponsible and foolish to be trusted to govern themselves – but put limitless trust in people (that is, uber Clovers) once adorned with special titles and costumes such as “officer” and “senator” and “president.”
Clovers consider other people their property – as evidence by their limitless desire to control other people, even to the extent of dictating to them what they may do with their own bodies.
A Clover will decree how much soda you may purchase.
He favors “sin” taxes – on the things he happens not to like.
Clovers measure everything according to their standards – which must then be imposed on others. If Clover thinks 80 MPH is “too fast” then driving 80 MPH must be made a punishable offense. But Clover is just fine with 75. So that’s legal.
Clovers suffer from a Parent Complex. They insist other adults be compelled to “buckle up” for “safety.” If Clovers have their way, we’ll all be forced to do jumping jacks and eat our veggies before long.
Most rank-and-file Clovers are, at bottom, bullies and busybodies – but also cowards who hide behind euphemisms (see above regarding “taxes”) and proxies like the ballot box. They are not bold enough to actually take other people’s things themselves and shy away from telling other people what to do – such as personally telling their neighbor to “buckle up for safety” – but are eager to vote to have others perform this work on their behalf.
Clovers are generally only dangerous in herds.
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