It’s a mistake to think that the infantilization of once-free peoples represented by the microregulatory Nanny State can be confined to pancakes and hot tubs. Consider, for example, the incisive analysis of Scott Gration, the U.S. special envoy to the mass murderers of Sudan: “We’ve got to think about giving out cookies,” said Gration a few months back. “Kids, countries – they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes, agreements, talk, engagement.”
Actually, there’s not a lot of evidence “smiley faces” have much impact on kids in the Bronx, never mind genocidal machete-wielders in Darfur. So much for the sophistication of “soft power,” smiling through a hard-faced world.
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We can’t be safe on small issues unless we are safe on the big issues. That is where the increasingly nannyish tendencies of Western governments – including the US – are failing us. They try to micro-regulate our behavior while letting real monsters grow in the outside world.
How will ObamaCare work when you are incinerated by a nuke? Will your formerly cohesive molecules be taped back together by the magic of “free” health care?
Will you trade being safe from that “dangerous” hot tub for the ever-increasing chance of being incinerated by a madman’s nuclear weapon? Are you impressed by Washington’s sudden, urgent interest in a few sticky gas pedals in Toyota cars instead of them worrying about the crazies getting nuclear weapons?
The Wizard of 0 does not care whether Iran gets nuclear weapons. He doesn’t care whether you have a job. All he cares about is cramming government control over the most personal aspects of your life down your throat.
You can sit there in your little room, safe from the hot tub. The Wizard will take care of you.
He’s betting your life on it.