Residents in Highland, Utah wish to force property owners in that city to close their businesses on Sunday and are gathering signatures on a petition to put the issue on November’s ballot. Put differently, residents in that city are seeking to obtain a majority by which to impose their tyrannical preferences on the minority.
As harsh as it may sound, tyranny is what it is; no individual has the moral authority to compel his neighbor not to peacefully use his property when and where he pleases. Many believe that a “community” should be able to set “standards” but whenever this is done and enforced through the coercive arm of the law, it is illegitimate and leads to tyranny.
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