We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Appleton at Spiked wants to take a stand against hyper-regulation of life by government. One quote:
It is not so much that the state is remoulding civil society. Instead, the state is demanding that we live our everyday lives through it. We are invited for a walk with the state; we are invited to eat with the state. More and more of social life is now lived through the state as an intermediary. Our everyday actions are supervised – and authorised – by an official bureaucracy.
This is the nanny-fascist in all its glory. We had a very sorrowful incident involving a day care center in Billings not so long ago. Every news item seemed to mention that the center was not state-licensed, as if that had been a root cause of the problem. Yet a few years ago, we had a fatal incident in a state-licensed day care center. Jeepers, licensing babysitters?
In Billings, you need a permit to have alcohol in a public park. That may be a legitimate anti-littering procedure. In theory fireworks are prohibited, but thousands of residents shot them off on the 4th (and the 2nd, and through last night) and only a dozen citations went out. Banning fireworks is nanny-fascism to me: hold people responsible for using them safely instead.
In our state they just started licensing day care centers. Their motivation is really taxation. It used to be a cash business, and there was no way to keep track of the income for tax purposes. Now they've even got them in a union. They say it's for the benefit of the providers, but it's really just so the state doesn't miss out.