Doug Casey on the Nanny State
Doug Casey on the Nanny State from Casey Research
Justin’s note: California is making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Last month, it introduced a bill that, if signed into law, will restrict restaurants from offering any drinks other than water or unflavored milk with their kids’ meals.
It’s ridiculous. But this isn’t the first time California’s government has tried to strip away personal freedom under the guise of knowing what’s best.
It also recently banned restaurants from using plastic straws.
Measures like these are proof that California is rapidly devolving into a full-blown nanny state. Unfortunately, it’s not alone. Governments across the country are doing the same thing.
It’s one of today’s most deeply concerning trends. So I got Doug Casey on the phone to get his take…
Justin: Doug, what do you think about what’s happening in California? Do you agree that it’s turning into a nanny state?
Doug: Without doubt. There are thousands of examples such as these.
It’s happening everywhere. It’s not just California and the U.S. government. Governments all over the world are doing the same. Governments are restricting freedom to the greatest degree in history.
The populations of countries are acting like sheep. They really believe that the government is there to help and protect them, and make life better. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
But the U.S. is the most egregious offender because it has the most powerful government. The U.S. is still better than most in the world, but America is no longer the land of the free. That’s ancient history, it’s myth. The U.S. government thinks it can do anything and everything, to anybody.
Justin: So, you’re saying governments shouldn’t tell us what kind of straws to drink out of or what to feed our children?
Doug: No. And that’s a gigantic understatement. Governments have gotten completely out of control… they’ve never been good. But now they’re bold and active predators.
We really ought to first ask ourselves: What’s the nature of government? What’s its purpose?
First of all, the nature of government is pure coercion, pure force. Its main purpose is to enrich the top dogs that compose it. With table scraps going to the running dogs that actively support it. At the expense of the whipped dogs that think it’s necessary.
Any moral and sensible person wants to restrict the amount of force and coercion used in the world. Force and coercion are enemies of civilization.