In addition to a dissection of the health paternalism mantra underlying the Bully State, what is needed is a robust articulation of the case for individual autonomy. Such a case would flesh out the following points: individual autonomy is the core value of a democratic society; there is an inherent trade-off between individual autonomy and public health under health paternalism; and the abandonment of individual autonomy in health policy poses a threat to our other freedoms.Hear, hear. I also direct you to the idea that we don't have to give in as individuals.
Monday, March 22, 2010
From Nanny State to Bully State
Here's some interesting analysis from an Aussie think thank. Blurb: