Nanny State

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People who taunt "nanny state" forget just how dependent they are on the infrastructure of state institutions. Their real goals are to change who bears the burdens of society to benefit the rich and create misery for the needy. They should go off to Somalia to see what it's like without a good state.


Some (academic) rebuttal arguments to the nanny state line [More...]
A great overview of the recent literature.
Relational conceptions of paternalism: a way to rebut nanny-state accusations and evaluate public health interventions [More...]
"The conceptions of paternalism implicit in nanny-state accusations generally depend on libertarian conceptions of autonomy. These reflect unrealistic views of personal independence and do not discriminate sufficiently between trivial and important freedoms."
Case studies in nanny state name-calling: what can we learn? [More...]
"The nanny state critique is ultimately a call for the state to be agnostic about the health of citizens, allowing market forces to dominate."
One hundred and fifty ways the nanny state is good for us [More...]
"Nanny state critics are almost always self-interested. They’re rarely motivated by the freedoms they purport to defend. And invariably their arguments crumble under scrutiny."
Singapore: Tough Love in the Nanny State [More...]
Singapore is the most thorough nanny state in the world. Somehow libertarians seem to overlook this. Probably because they really only care about freedom for corporations and the rich.
The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer (book, online)
Economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of “nanny state” policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off.
Which nanny – the state or industry? Wowsers, teetotallers and the fun police in public health advocacy [More...]
"This paper explores a series of examples which illustrate how public health is being undermined by the ‘Nanny Industry’ and how industry uses fear of government regulation to maintain its own dominance, to maintain its profits and to do so at a significant financial and social cost to the community and to public health."


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