The ten worst bumper stickers spotted in Madison, Wisconsin. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.) I’m reminded of a statement of Richard Nixon’s: “TV News is to news as bumper stickers are to philosophy.” He meant that as an insult to TV news. Now, it strikes me as more of an insult to bumper stickers. But it’s a well-deserved one. Bumper stickers at their best aren’t very profound—and these are far from being best.
I see a car displaying the top choice regularly; it never ceases to annoy me in the thoughtless equality of its indictment of various religions. (If it weren’t for those intolerant Daoists!)
One I’d add to the list:
I’m not the only one annoyed with that one. It isn’t just cloyingly self-righteous; it doesn’t just exhibit a thoughtless equality. It violates a basic moral requirement. As Robert Kane points out in Through the Moral Maze, we are not permitted to be neutral between the rapist and his intended victim. Such neutrality, far from being ethically admirable, is ethically obtuse.