Paternalism roundup

by Walter Olson on May 19, 2014

  • “Go to Heaven, Bloomberg: The meddling ex-mayor thinks he is on a mission from God.” [Sullum] “De Blasio to resurrect attempt at NYC big soda ban” [Eric Boehm, Watchdog.org]
  • The CDC connection: much of Bloomberg’s crew of public health officials has moved into the Obama administration, and has big plans [Jeff Stier]
  • “The public health approach rejects the idea that there is such a thing as unfettered free will” — here’s Bloomberg paternalism boiled down nicely for you [Larry Gostin, Hastings Center Report via Scott Burris, Bill of Health (regretting "mass delusion of autonomy")]
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC): if skeptical media call, tell ‘em you’re not around [Zenon Evans]
  • For her own good: “89-Year-Old Kicked Out of HUD Housing for Smoking Cigarettes” [Elizabeth N. Brown]
  • “Longer Pub Hours, Fewer Car Accidents in England and Wales” [James Schneider, Econlib]
  • Sally Satel on the benefits of e-cigarettes [AEI Ideas video] “The FDA Says E-Cigarettes Are Less Harmful Than Smoking” [Jason Koebler, Vice Motherboard]

{ 2 comments }

1 DEM 05.19.14 at 11:10 am

Are Bloomberg’s nannies out to curtail my freedom of their own free will, or are they being subtly manipulated by forces they can’t perceive or understand?

2 En Passant 05.19.14 at 1:23 pm

The CDC connection: much of Bloomberg’s crew of public health officials has moved into the Obama administration, and has big plans

Oh, joy! Now we can expect federal stop and frisk policy based on reasonable suspicion of possession of insufficiently healthy food. Don’t walk around in public with potato chip crumbs on your shirt.

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