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The Seatbelt Law A paternalistic law is an interference with a persons liberty for that persons own good An example of a paternalistic law is the law that says all people must were seatbelts when riding in the front seat of a car According to John Stuart Mill in his essay On Liberty a problem occurs when the government enforces paternalism This form of paternalism is called legal paternalism If legal paternalism is present in a society then that society might end up with a controlling majority so that the majority will impose their will on everyone Mill would not agree with the seatbelt law because when the law is broken no one is harmed and even if the seatbelt is necessary it can only help the person who can potentially break the law by not wearing it I do not agree with the law I do not want my freedom taken away from me by anyone and especially not the government The law which says that all people who sit in the front a car must wear a seat belt is an example of a paternalistic law This law is paternalistic because it is making people do something and interfering with peoples liberty The government is looking out for people when it makes them wear a seatbelt and the government is protecting its people Wearing a seat belt protects people from killing themselves not killing others People wear seatbelts for their own good but when the government makes people wear seatbelts it interferes with the peoples liberty Wearing a seatbelt only effects the person who is wearing it so when the government made the law it was only looking out for that one person Usually when the government enforces a law it does it because the law will help more than just the person in which they enforce the law upon In this case that is not true The government is interfering
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