The research is published in the British Medical Journal.
The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.
They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.
None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed.
The point of my post is not necessarily to extend the gun control debate (although I am happy to see it continue), nor by any means to mock the British as a people on the basis of this narrow example.
But this article highlights the outlines of what we might easily call a “culture of supplication”, that is, a socio-political arrangement where being required to justify one’s equivocally defined “need” precedes one’s rights to the liberty to engage in a practice or in ownership of an item.
What reason, what need can you offer to justify your own or someone else’s right to have or do something?
If you can’t, would denying yourself or them on the basis of the absence of such a prior rationale be acceptable to you?
H. M. Stuart