Justifying Coercive Paternalism
- autonomy is "not valuable enough to offset what we lose by leaving people to their own autonomous choices"
Teen cancer patient, Starchild Abraham Cherrix, in a custody battle between his parents and and the Accomack County (Virginia) Social Services Department, has lost his battle
to choose his own treatment for Hodgkin's disease
. A judge has ruled
that the 16-year-old must report to a hospital by Tuesday and accept treatment that doctors deem necessary.
The "a" in '[a href=' is for ADVISORY.
Given that the social conservatives are eager to spend their waning mandate (and to be fair, hyper-PC liberals too) and extend out the nannystate to Cable TV, satellite,
(which isn't entirely a bad thing
) and videogames
, is it too soon to work about the implications for the internet, and possible requirements and censorship? Blogger Sean Gleason suggests pictorial icons rating each link as to it's content.
And of course, you could always make
Political Correctness: It's not just for Liberals anymore! To some people, it's scary
. To others it's jokable
. But all the stuff under the umbrella term "P.C.", makes some people think that American Liberals are more "puritanical and moralistic"
than American Conservatives (especially if you're looking at it from outside).
But the Bush Administration has been seriously criticised for "pursuing a "Big-Gov Nanny State"
(and by Fox!) and the White House Chief of Staff (a high-ranking position, you furriners) admits President Bush views America as a ''10-year-old child" in need of the sort of protection provided by a parent.
Elsewhere, there's that UK poll saying that most Brits support a 'nanny state'.
And Czech police 'registering' prostitutes are accused of moving from "nanny state" to "pimp state"
. Hmmm... Pimp State. At least the politicians would be better dressed.