libertarian paternalism


Neo-prohibitionist bureaucrats in England are manipulating language to bolster their anti-smoking, anti-property rights campaign. In an attempt to shed their putrid nanny state, tobacco-Nazi image, they are calling themselves libertarian paternalists.The following is an excerpt from the article:

"The [smoking] permit might cost as little as £10, but acquiring it could be made difficult if the forms were sufficiently complex, Le Grand said last night. Le Grand said the proposal was an example of 'libertarian paternalism'. The government would leave people free to make their own decisions but it would “nudge them” in the right direction."

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This is the same claptrap that Cass Sunnstein and Richard Thaler have
been pushing here in the US. I had Thaler as a professor at the U of
Chicago and he is NO libertarian, I can assure you of that. Sunnstein
is a hardcore leftist.