Democracy is built on the idea that the people are intelligent enough to make their own decision about who they want to represent them.
The nanny state is based on the idea that people are too stupid to work out how to live and must be told via laws, regulations, guides, and propaganda what to do and how to do it and where to do it.
The term nanny state was first used in the 1960’s in the Spectator but it hardly existed before that time. The little that did exist was part of the temperance societies who wanted to tell people how to live. The state bit started off small with the welfare state, but after 1997 when Labour came into power it gathered momentum. This is because one of socialism’s tenets is being a big brother to the workers and who looks after them from cradle to grave.
As more and more organisations realised that they could ride on the coat tails of the government and promote their particular single issue the nanny state started to grow. And like a child it developed very quickly and before you knew it, it was a very demanding teenager. With so many single issue campaigns all wanting to control the population to follow their particular ideology there was a lot of nannying going on.
An example of such nannying is in the health sector. Proponents of the health nanny believe that it is an ethical and moral stance to take to look after people who can’t care for themselves. As an idea in itself it sounds like a good thing, but there are a lot of unintended consequences and once you start it’s very easy to widen the scope of your care.
The scope has now widened to the level where fatty foods, smoking, alcohol, salt, sugar, are now seen as evil. It has been so heavily promoted that one extra grain of salt or sugar will cause you to have health problems. It’s been going for so long that people are getting so ingrained to be told what to eat and how to live by the health nazis that it’s now seen as normal.
People are getting accustomed to not thinking for themselves and waiting to be told what to do by the experts.
It happens in all walks of life. It even happens in the workplace where you have employees who are told not to think for themselves but to follow procedures set down by the expert, usually a consultant paid extortionate amounts for a few pages of nonsense.
One of the few areas were people aren’t told what to do is in voting. However not everyone thinks for themselves. A lot of tribal voting still occurs where parent and grandparent voted for a party and so the children and grandchildren will do so to carry on the tradition.
Now many will think that democracy will never be controlled by a nazi, but if the experts don’t think people can think for themselves about their own health it won’t be long before the experts will make decisions on behalf of the electorate.
It won’t start with a big bang. It’ll start with small things, then nudging, then bullying. But it’s not outside the realms of possibilities for those in charge to decide that the population is not voting the way they it should be for the benefit of the country.
Am I being defeatist or alarmist? Or are the men in white coats at the door.