> Hang on:
> A bad thing is happening. The government is doing nothing.
> Should the government
> a) do even less
> b) Stop the bad thing happening.
> you appear to be advocating (a).
No, he is advocating (c), which you failed to mention: People, as individuals, can choose to, or not to, take action to either prevent the bad thing from happening, or to right the wrong afterward. If I don't think something is a bad thing, then I am free to not do anything about it, or maybe actually if I actually think its a good thing, then I can take action to support it. In any event, my actions are not mandated or coerced by what YOU think is a bad thing.