Tag: Nanny State
Another Shooting in a “Gun Free” Zone

The tragic shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6 occurred in a “gun-free” zone.  Florida is one of six states that make it illegal for individuals—even those who have concealed carry permits—to carry guns in any part of an airport terminal. The killer’s motive is at this point undetermined, but he did…
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Donald Trump: Product of Progressivism

In the bitter aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Progressives are lamenting Donald Trump’s victory over self-described Progressive Hillary Clinton.  Trump’s victory places him in a position of being able to use the power of the presidency to impose his anti-Progressive agenda, displacing the more enlightened Progressive agenda that Clinton would have pursued. The…
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Brexit, Sexit, Texit

Brexit In the short time since the Brits voted to exit the EU, much of the commentary I’ve read views the vote as a move toward isolationism.  Regardless of the motivations of the voters, a more accurate way to look at it is that the British voted for self-government rather than government from afar….
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Decisive Brexit Referendum: What Happens Next? Part 1: UK Politics

[See Part 2 Here] Thursday, 23 June 2016, will go down in history as the United Kingdom’s own Independence Day. American readers will hopefully appreciate the irony. The take-home message is that people in the UK lost confidence in a complacent and corrupt European Union (EU) elite that wouldn’t listen to them and was…
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Califor-ni-ED May Be Coming to a Classroom Near You

One export I’d like from California is its pre-Common Core math standards, hailed as the country’s finest. Instead, we’re likely going to get some horrific version of its pending K-12 history and social “science” framework—or as the Hoover Institution’s Bill Evers calls it, Progressive “goo-goo reform.” Whether or not we live in California, we need to…
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The Uneasy Relationship Between Progressivism and Freedom

The United States was founded on an ideology that viewed the role of government as the protection of individual rights.  That view of government was pushed aside by the ideology of Progressivism toward the end of the 1800s.  The Progressive ideology envisions a government that not only protects individual rights but also looks out…
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Parental Choice, Not Compulsory Preschool, Is “The Way of the Future”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claims that compulsory preschool is “the way of the future.” Along with Nancy Pelosi, President Obama, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, de Blasio claims universal, public preschool will improve high school graduation rates, as well as college and job preparation. The ineffectiveness of the largest and longest-running…
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Scotland’s Looming Regulatory Hangover

In May 2012, Scotland’s parliament enacted a law setting a minimum unit price (MUP) for all alcoholic beverages sold nationwide. The MUP of 50 pence (about 72 cents) per 10 milliliters of pure alcohol applies to beer, wine and distilled spirits, but has not yet gone into effect because the legislation, not surprisingly, was…
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You’re Stupid, So We Are Going to Take Away Your Freedom

In a country based on the principle of liberty, should we really contemplate depriving people of freedom because they sometimes don’t make choices experts think are best for them?  My title really understates the liberty-depriving philosophy of the nanny state.  More accurately, it is: Some people make what we think are bad choices, so…
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Expanding the Schooling Monopoly One Toddler at a Time

Universal preschool is (again) making headlines as a cure for what ails us. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is the latest in a long line of politicians claiming universal, government-run preschool will improve high school graduation rates, as well as college and job preparation. A few years back House Minority Leader Nancy…
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