The internet seems to be packed with extremely authoritarian assholes who derive pleasure from knowing that the government is tyrannizing regular people going about their day. People online masturbate to the idea of the government passing more pointless safety regulations to create more pretexts to ruin harmless people's lives. "Safety" is their idol, and they view violators of this idol to be blasphemers, and ironically they hate these blasphemers to the point of wanting them dead. They will find some way to tie it back to "tax dollars" in order to mask their hypocrisy (e.g. "people should be forced via draconian punishments to get the vaccine, because otherwise they might get hospitalized which I don't want my tax dollars to pay for").
But for some reason, I don't find people I know in person to be such giant assholes when it comes to issues like safety. Most people I know in real life will just ignore pointless safety rules, and forget about them. They might even criticize them.
I don't know what the reason is for this discrepancy, because you would expect the views of redditors and the average American to be roughly similar, since Reddit is one of the most widely used websites.
Perhaps it is generational? Maybe redditors are young, whereas the people I interact with at work for example tend to be older. Is Gen-Z authoritarian? - I don't know much about this generation.
Also, at work people are more educated and therefore probably more intelligent than average. Maybe their intelligence is what makes it possible for them to recognize what makes so many safety regulations so stupid and invasive. And why it is draconian, moronic, and unreasonable for the government to, for example, cite someone with a misdemeanor for not equipping his inflatable kayak with lifejackets.
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