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I used the word nanny statist in my last blog, and someone suggested that I should define it. A nanny statist is someone who believes that the state   and its bureaucracy can manage your affairs better than you. They are convinced, and they want you to be convinced, that they are there to protect you from harm.

AURORA, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl “I’m sexy and I know it,” a line from a popular song. D’Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday.  Aren’t you glad they caught the dangerous little pervert? Nanny statists are also quite adept at catching kids selling lemonade – get this – WITHOUT A LICENSE!!

And they are extremely adept at evaluating, and ruling on even more serious situations so that you can sleep easy. A couple of years ago in Canada, a schizophrenic man beheaded a sleeping, fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Fair enough. Then, a couple of weeks ago,  his psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Kremer, told the review board, which looks annually at the killer’s case that his patient is on medication and experiencing no symptoms or hallucinations. Assessments of his condition conclude that he has only a 0.8 per cent chance of re-offending in the next seven years. Accordingly he should gradually be taken out into the public so he can eventually be released. That’s a 0.8 chance of re-offending. Not 0.7, or 8.3. 0.8. Exactly1 in 1250 chances in the next seven years. Don’t you hope you’re not number 1250? This psychiatrist is a true technocrat –  an essential cog in the gears of the nanny state. Climate technocrats tell us the earth will warm 1 to 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next 100 years, but they can’t tell me if their will be any overnight frost for the rest of May. Sleep well; they are watching out for you!

Nanny statists also believe they can put your money to better use than you can. Which is why your bridges are falling down, and your country is mired in a debt which cannot be paid in your lifetime. This is also why, someday, your grandchildren will hate you.

Anyway, back to progressives. Since mid 1960s, “Progressives” have more or less had the run of the place. So have we have we moved from a less desirable society to a more desirable society? Certainly, progress has been made on racial discrimination. That is a good thing. And women are free to work at almost any career they choose. “Thank Betty Freidan and Helen “hear me roar” Reddy − free at last!!”

But it doesn’t end there.  Women are now EXPECTED to work outside the home. If they decide to bypass the corporate world and run their home, – and as a married man I assure you they do; it is suggested that they aren’t working and are somehow betraying the sisterhood. Apparently, after all the heroic sacrifices made by the bra burners of the sixties, raising kids is no longer considered meaningful work. But not being able to raise kids without having to take a guilt trip does take a bit off the edge of the freedom thing.

In fact, we’ve progressed so far that in many cases women have no choice but to work outside the home.  Taxes (which are still not high enough to pay for the party, hence the debt), take a total of 42% from the income of the average Canadian family, and 30% from the average American family, and enough to live on has to come from somewhere. (Additionally, Americans have to pay their own health care insurance costs, or their company does. Canadians get “free” health care paid for by that extra 12% in tax, but have to wait 18 months for a hip transplant).

If these women have children, they often are placed in daycare which is publicly subsidized by the taxes Mom pays on the income she makes working outside the home. How progressive is that?! She gets to buy groceries with what’s left.

Or, put another way; taxpayer subsidized daycare is staffed by low paid childcare workers who replace the original childcare worker –Mom− who has to go out to work to pay taxes to support an endless list of government “benefits” including subsidized daycare, whether she and her husband want to use daycare, or not. Makes sense only if you’re a nanny statist or a bureaucrat.

So, do we need to stop and re-evaluate? Are my granddaughters freer than their great grandmother who died in March, age 91?  Have we progressed to a more desirable place?   I’ll let you decide, but my mother would say: “Definitely not!”

Below is a link to a Canadian take on nanny statism. It’s 20 minutes, but at the end of it you will understand that nanny statism has overrun western society like dandelions or kudzu. And, like dandelions and kudzu, it won’t go away without a lot of hard, and sustained, work.

Going back for our future.


3 replies on “ARE WE THERE YET?? part 2”

This is the result of 40 years of socialist control of the Public Education and Publicly-funded Post-Secondary Educational systems, the existence of which was begun by the unionization of what once was a highly-esteemed professional class of educators, researchers, and administrators.

While there are surely many exceptional teachers, principals and senior administrators in these public systems, they are now sadly in the distinct and shrinking minority. These unionized systems, cultivated by the all-knowing and unseen educational bureaucracy, together have become one of the most powerful forces in our society, and they have redefined what and what is not acceptable to two generations of pupils and students. Thinking for oneself and common sense have been subsumed by State-determined collective ‘truths.’ [George Orwell couldn’t have been more insightful when he wrote 1984 and Animal Farm.]

I fear that our rather apathetic voting constituency will have to suffer far more restrictions on our freedoms, embarassing and overly bureaucratic laws/regulations/bylaws, and outright confiscation of hard-earned personal net worth [a phrase that can range from a dollar and up, but in the new world that we live in is code for evilly-obtained millions], before we see a meaningful shift away from the leftist Nanny State. But in the end, that shift will happen, albeit likely accompanied by bloodshed.

In the meantime, forums such as this may be a last refuge of free thinkers, or perhaps an incubator for the next counterattack of sensible individuals.

Thanks for your comment Chris. IWUZ is not the only forum available, but I think forums such as this have limited value. We are mostly preaching to the choir.
IWUZ however, is a lead up to the “Let’s Do It Ourselves” movement; which will offer a more concrete way to exert pressure on the ruling class; politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats and the Technopoly, to get out of our way, (and our wallets), and let us do it ourselves.
Even more critically in the long term, the LDIO movement is meant to foster a dialogue with the apathetic, and to encourage and enable individuals, families, communities, and businesses, to begin to think in terms of being self reliant.
Membership will come with poster templates that will state: “We are and LDIO Family”, or Business: or for kid’s rooms; “Bobby is an LDIO Kid”. The motto is “Going back, for our future”. Promotional items will carry the same theme.
We hope to roll out the website in early summer.

. . .and they wonder why the birthrate continues to drop in this country. I guess you vote with whatever the ‘powderpuffs-that-be’ leave you. But I suppose there are enough of them now that they need not fear the ‘wrath of the patient man.’ Well said, Dave!

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