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This Is What I Like About Helen

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She calls for committed hussies and committed smokers:

… smokers and their advocates should feel free to defend irrationality secure in the comfort that they’re in good company. After all, bohemians, daredevils, and international playboys don’t make sense either, and we love them for their anti-utilitarianism.

I’ve defended smoking as an affirmative good before, not because I want people to start smoking—addiction is like soul, you got it or you don’t—but because I think that a full-throated defense of smoking as an irrational but nonetheless legitimate decision is the only way to stop smoking bans in a non-libertarian country like America.


Written by Elizabeth

December 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Posted in Asides, Feminism, The Best Things

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