Free Expression

My guess is that banning hoodies won't work in the United States, though I gather something similar was passed in the UK. Oddly enough, UK opponents referred to this law (which also banned owning bicycles for gang members) as an "American-style" system. But of course that's nonsense: no American jurisdiction could make sense of a law banning bicycles for some citizens and not others, and probably couldn't digest any ban on bicycles at all.

If you get to the point that you're banning bicycles, any American would say, you've lost the ball.


Ymar Sakar said...

It would be funny to see the Japanese reaction.

Maybe they mean "American" in the sense that many foreigners' view of America comes from Democrats and Democrat lite tourists, i.e. Blasio's bans on food and drinks and cig taxes.

raven said...

The more they ban, the more we ignore.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I totally get the point that nonono, this is about disguising your identity while committing a crime.

It's still an insane idea. We are not under an obligation to reveal our identities. Consider Sweden, where certain statements against immigration are now considered criminal. People making such statements now have to find a way to be anonymous. If the anonymity itself is an add-on crime, is suppresses dissent.

It's a typical government encroachment mentality of wringing their hands and saying they have to fix this somehow. Coming from a (sorta) conservative side doesn't fix that.

Ymar Sakar said...

Reading the comments there, a lot of English speaking Americans or others from the Anglosphere do in fact believe that you must Obey Authority, or else be rightfully executed for not showing id.