Monday, January 31, 2005

Flying the Flag

I am not exactly an avid flyer of my national flag, although I believe that those who wish to do so should certainly be permitted, even encouraged, to do so. I also think that built-environment planning has some value and even support some amount of heritage protection. Nevertheless, facing a $50,000 fine for flying the flag without permission seems absurd to me.

This situation has the feeling of "because people will do bad things even given total freedom to act, they should be given no freedom to act". Can "erecting 3m flag poles" be added to a list of things that people can do in a heritage area without formal consent? Is non-visibility of the flag an important element of our heritage?