I Have to Join This Group


Howard Friedman points to a court case involving religious freedom out of Idaho where the plaintiff was the “Ethereal Enigmatic Euphoric Movement Towards Civilized Hedonism, Ltd.” That’s the coolest organization name ever. Though “civilized hedonism” sounds a lot like planned anarchy.

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  1. Aliasalpha says

    Surely it’d be hedonism within the limits of civilisation so no really evil things like rape, murder or promoting creationism

  2. dingojack says

    Oh I like this one too:
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
    Groucho Marx

    Dingo
    ——
    same source

  3. Aquaria says

    Though “civilized hedonism” sounds a lot like planned anarchy.

    While this guy chose the name just to be able to drink alcohol, what civilized hedonism sounds like to me is Epicurianism and other assorted hedonism cults, and few of those were planned anarchy. If anything, they’re moderation and the golden rule on steroids.

    The thing that gets me about these dry county places is how smug they are. Their towns are shit heaps, and they think keeping alcohol out will improve them?

    Sorry, what will improve them is an injection of empathy.

  4. marcus says

    I grew up in a dry county in Alabama, 20 miles from the wet county across the state line in Mississippi. It was a shit heap. Every so often the vote would come up about whether or not to stay dry. The Christians and bootleggers made sure it stayed dry. Many people were killed by poorly made and poisonous moonshine, like my grandfather. Many others died either driving drunk or killed by drunk drivers on the stretch of road that led to the bars and liquor stores. I was almost one of them, making forays across the state line to by beer at age 15. But the Christians felt pious and smug and the moonshiners were raking it in so they really saw no need for change. That was 40 years ago, it is still the same today.

  5. whheydt says

    Many years ago (mid-50s) when we spent a year living in Abilene, TX., we found out about the “interesting” local customs.

    Texas is a “local option” state…counties choose to be wet, dry or (wait for it!) local option. The county Abilene is in was (is?) “local option”. Abilene–with *3* Bible colleges in town–was, not surprisingly, dry.

    However, the county area just north of town (later incorporated as a separate entity *not* part of Abilene) was wet.

    All the bars were just over the city limits. And on Friday nights…that’s where all the Bible college students were.

    –W. H. Heydt

    Old Used Programmer

  6. Aquaria says

    Texas is a “local option” state…counties choose to be wet, dry or (wait for it!) local option. The county Abilene is in was (is?) “local option”. Abilene–with *3* Bible colleges in town–was, not surprisingly, dry.

    Dallas was local option when I lived there. What a mess. I saved myself a lot of hassle and lived on the Oak Lawn side of Highland Park.

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