To a large degree that is true. That being said, a civil society needs law and order and authority.
Well I agree, but a highly educated society can self govern to some degree or another. And this applies to the NEC as well...
I'm far from someone that just blindly follows a crowd but there's a time and place to question authority. An inspector has to do his job, if he has moral objections to it then he should quit or find a way to educate those above him so the law can be changed. I'm not against electrical codes but I absolutely believe that process has been thoroughly corrupted now.
And this is why people ought to speak up. As I said before, and it cost me yes, but inspectors should all be protesting AFCIs.