Quick and Dirty Rules for determining whether a policy, proposal or idea is good or bad:
1) If it advances individual liberty, it's good
2) If it limits individual liberty, it's bad.
3) If it decreases the power of The State, it's good.
4) If it increases the power of The State, it's bad.
There are exceptions, and degrees of compromise sometimes required and reasonable in the real world. But this is a simple litmus test, and will keep you from getting sucked into arguments about detail and minutiae that take your eyes off the prize.
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