Misapplication of principles to oppose social innovation
Other Names: Abusive appeals to values
Claim: Every public health measure, from clean water, to immunization and the introduction of the breath testing for alcohol, has been fought in the name of liberty, before being recognized as a useful or necessary aid to public health. Frequently the opposition has come from those with a pecuniary interest in maintaining the status quo, but also from those who oppose any implication that their lifestyles are deficient in any way.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 21.02.1997 – 00:00 CET