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Are we becoming a nanny state?

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    Votes: 30 88.2%
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Go Krauthammer!
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Yes - when the government says three to four beers in one session qualifies as binge drinking we certainly are.
 

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Unfortunately, yes - when people are being told what they can and can't say. All laws inhibiting freedom of speech, including anti-vilification laws - no matter how well-intentioned - should be scrapped.
 

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Where in particular in Europe?
The UK, the greater EU - anywhere where they squander all sorts of money into research only to come up with legislation and rules which prescribe what people should do with their every day lives.
 

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we have been a nanny state for the last 12 years and still are to this day
The reasons are simple. Our previous and current government have played a major role in:
-Banning books
-Censoring movies and the internet
-Making illiberal laws
-Restrict people freedoms
 

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Unfortunately, yes - when people are being told what they can and can't say. All laws inhibiting freedom of speech, including anti-vilification laws - no matter how well-intentioned - should be scrapped.
In your dreams. Anti hate and anti vilifications laws should be reinforced rather than scrapped
 

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Our country is becoming increasingly more controlled. Just ask any solicitor, many will share the same sentiments. Australia is becoming far less liberal and we are loosing our rights and freedoms.
 

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Yes! What is going on with not giving games an R18+ rating? I don't need GTAIV censored for me thank you very much.
 

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That's because some aging politicians still think that games are only for children.

Forget the fact that the average gamer is 28 years old.
 

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YES!

Governments of both politimical persuasions are NAZIs. Labor wants to tax and spend all UR MONEY to help so called working families (read: 'bogan', 'ethnic', and 'aboriginal' families) and the Liberals want to do everything it can to tell you they only family arrangement acceptable consists of a mum, dad, 2.5 kids living in a house with a white picket fence. Preferably Protestant, Catholic bare minimum.

I don't believe at all that the nature of power in a liberal democratic state is complex and dynamic, that government doesn't have a complete monopoly on power, that business, media, sectional interest groups, and some individuals are just as powerful in influencing people.

No no no, I believe in using simple terms like "Nanny State" to describe my frustration that they're increasing tax on my alcopops, ciggies, or petrol. OMGZ!!!1! The gobbermint is being a nanny state!!1! Someone call Alan Jones!!1! Write a Letter to the Age!!1! Get a comment from the Civil Libertarians for the evening news on how this is exactly like Communist China!!11

After all, how dare the gobbermint tell me not to bash my wife, hit my children, that driving on the right is illegal, that we use the metric system in Australia, or that building a house on the house of our cities is no longer acceptable!11! If I want to have sex with boys while smoking weed THATS MY GOD DAMN RITE BITCHES. If I want a McManson 50 km from the CBD, THATS MY RIGHT TOO.

Becauses as my heroine Maggie Fatcher sez deres no such fing as society.
 

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Would that be a Charles McManson? Interesting concept, in the Neo-Post-Californian Slaughter Style with decor by Blood & Gore ?
What do you mean 'no society'?! Of course there is: there is (nice, polite, prone to rich) society (you know, people like Us) and then there is the rest, the Great Unwashed, servants, labourers, tax accountants and others of that ilk. (One shudders to think of them!)
 

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Go Krauthammer!
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Becauses as my heroine Maggie Fatcher sez deres no such fing as society.
When she said that, Thatcher was rightly making a comment on the culture of people expecting handouts without obligation which was taking hold in Britain (and other countries). The complete quote was this:-

"I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation."

Prime minister Margaret Thatcher, talking to Women's Own magazine, October 31 1987

http://briandeer.com/social/thatcher-society.htm
 

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Yes, we are becoming a PC nanny state. Political Correctness has ruined the world.

The ATDB is too PC.
 

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Political correctness and nanny state are two different things.

While political correctness has gone crazy in some cases (not allowing christmas to be called christmas), and some social liberties have been withdrawn (smoking ban in bars really f#$ks me off), we're still a long way off a nanny state.
 
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