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.
It's not really the nanny state, it's tort lawyers driving the nonsense. We did wild and crazy things when I was a kid, including BB gun battles and stone-throwing battles. We made bonfires in the woods, and swam in the reservoir in our underwear. We stole our parents' cigarettes and smoked them in the woods. Of course, that was not on school property. I was a tomboy.
We broke our arms and our legs, got banged up, and got lost. Good adventures, good training for life. I got to the point where getting lost was a fun challenge.
the tort lawyers and the nanny state reinforce each other.
Every time a tort lawyer starts a lawsuit, the nanny state gets stronger.
Every time they lose a lawsuit, the nanny state sees a reason for more rules and regulations.
Every time they win a lawsuit, the nanny state sees a reason to criminalise something that used to be a civil case, and sees justification for its prior rules and regulations.
Every time something happens that a tort lawyer can't find a law to sue under, the nanny state gets tasked to create such a law.
The tort lawywers and the "nanny state"not only reinforce each other, they are on the same "team". Personally, I think it's a quite concious effort for the same goals. Controls. Making a normally independent person ask himself "can I do this. I better check first."