Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Nanny ?




See the difference?



He may be an old goat, but he's not your nanny.  Stop and think about it, think about other adjectives that could be used to describe his behavior and the behavior of others like him.  Authoritarian, autocratic, bossy, despotic, dictatorial, domineering, fastuous, imperious, presumptuous, supercilious, tyrannous, ... they conjure up quite a different set of images and feelings than "nanny", don't they?  Now wouldn't you rather be called a nanny?

The Nanny State

I'm as guilty of the next as falling into the easy habit of calling it Nanny Statism, it is a convenient label,  but if you stop and think about it, it plays right into their hands.  The term "Nanny Statism" in and of itself is pure PR spin.  The nanny conjures images of Mary Poppins, or of a matronly woman caring for you as a child.  It implies someone that while perhaps acting contrary to your desires, is acting in your own best interest. DON'T BELIEVE IT!  

While they may be singing a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,  it doesn't change the fact that the medicine they are offering is authoritarianism and it is completely and utterly repugnant and contrary to the ideals we as a society were founded upon.  No amount of "Sugar" should make their actions palatable to the rest of us.  Frankly, we ought to spit it back out in their faces.


By not calling it what it is: Authoritarianism, plain and simple, we are aiding and abetting its perpetuation.  Michael Bloomberg, and others like him, are not Nannies, they are authoritarian, autocratic, and overbearing pricks that think it is their place to tell the rest of us what to do, how to live, act, and think and they should be labeled as such.  

Call Them What They Are.

Authoritarian, autocratic, dare I say fascist?  However trite and cliche it may sound, Merriam-Webster offers the following definition:

Fascist: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.

Sounds pretty accurate if you ask me.  It may not be Adolf Hitler style German fascism, but then again, neither was Benito Mussolini's form of fascism.  There have been many forms of fascism over the ages and they shouldn't get to dodge the label simply because they aren't fascists of the nationalistic variety.  

Meet the Face of the New Global Fascism 



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