Are People Sheep?

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Sweden
is a great country, but the social democratic politics can sometimes
be too much to bear. The latest example of their "brilliant"
ideas is when Morgan Johansson, minister of public health and social
services, suggested on television that government has a right to
forcefully seize your children if they are too obese. "I want
to go home to my mommy!", "I'm sorry Erik, but you can't
see her until you stop eating candy."

This
really demonstrates that government is seen as the solution to all
problems, while ordinary citizens are regarded as mindless sheep.
Some children are obese? Obviously their parents cannot be trusted
to take care of them. Besides, respected scholars such as Morgan
Spurlock and Michael Moore have clearly demonstrated that nobody
should eat fast food or be overweight.

What
is the solution? As always we can "solve" the problem
by giving more power to politicians. A machinery of government bureaucrats
should be better suited to take care of children rather than their
loving parents.

This
might sound absurd, but Swedish social democrats have for many years
distrusted parents to raise their own children, as the family is
regarded as an ineffective and conservative institution. Until the
1970s, politicians even decided who was fit to bear children and
who wasn't. Some 60 000 Swedish citizens were forcefully (and
secretly) sterilized for having such disastrous handicaps as dyslexia.

A
cornerstone of social democrat ideology is the belief that political
decision can create a better society at every level, including regulating
how families function. This idea is called "social engineering"
and can be traced back to the 1930s, when Sweden as the first country
in the world created a race biological institute.

Social
engineering is once again on the rise, as people’s diets are made
into a political concern and radical feminists demand that boys
and girls be raised in exactly the same manner. In the US, the left
is trying to put the same issues on the political agenda. In fact
the "intellectuals" that give support to radical feminists
and advocates of government regulation of our health are mostly
found in American universities.

Defenders
of individual liberty in the US should be aware of the dangers of
social engineering. As the European welfare states are in deep crisis,
the left must find new arguments for increasing government influence.
When they fail in the economical debate, they will try to regulate
our private lives.

July
30, 2005

Nima
Sanandaji [send him mail]
president of the Swedish think tank Captus and the editor of Captus
Journal
. He has been admitted to graduate studies in biochemistry
at the University of Cambridge.

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