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We are required by law to wear seatbelts in cars and crash helmets on motorbikes, to refrain from smoking in public indoor areas, from injecting heroin and smoking marijuana—all in the interests of our health, well-being and safety. Such laws imply that the government knows best what is in our interests, and has a duty to act accordingly.

Is this always right? Consider a more recent and apparently more anodyne matter. In the last budget, the Chancellor announced that pensioners…

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