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May 6, 2004 10:47 pm

Oppressive Paternalism

When I read my e-mail today two items, both very profound in their own way, came to my attention. The first one, I believe, can be seen as a comment on the characteristic of government that is rapidly developing into its most oppressive aspect, its paternalism. It is a short (1:46) film titled Bitch in the Kitchen. I cannot help it, this little movie makes me think of Senator Clinton and federalized airport security.

The second piece, a short article, sent to me by Jeff Schaler and written by a British doctor goes a long way to explaining where this paternalism comes from and what could be done about it. It is one of the most eloquently written essays that I have read in quite some time.

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