CNN talk show host Piers
sees eye to eye with Michael Bloomberg on guns, also
shares the busybody billionaire’s distaste for
He wants New Yorkers to be fitter and healthier. What is wrong
with that?… ;
I think people need the nanny state occasionally, particularly
on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas that are too big
for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day, whatever it may be,
the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that. That’s why
so many people are on diets. That’s a form of nanny state.
Really? It seems to me the crucial difference between dieting
and government-imposed food restrictions is that the latter
involves coercion. When you choose to cut back on your caloric
intake, that is self-control, as opposed to state control, a rather
important distinction (and not just for libertarians). Something
like a fat camp woud be a closer comparison to the nanny state,
except that people voluntarily decide to enroll in such programs.
If you are a New Yorker who is suddenly
prevented from ordering your favorite coffee drink by mayoral
decree, you have made no such choice.