Spotted on one of the MTA’s subway posters meant to impart upon riders deep thoughts and the like was this quote from John Stuart Mill:
The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.
Undoubtedly, many a New Yorker reads that line with a smug sense of self-satisfaction. Then runs off and votes for Mike Bloomberg, who will tax your cigarettes, steal your donuts and then tell you how many calories you can consume in a day. Just saying.