Gaining control through the back door

Daniel Greenfield asks “What is Behind Liberalism’s Obesity Obsession?” and ponders the idea that it is about control.

So much of the current Nanny Statism has been focused on the “threat” of obesity. A movement that will only get worse with its prime movers having consolidated control over national health care with ObamaCare. Now that government can claim that everyone’s individual health is no longer just an issue for them, but a public cost, they have a mandate to exercise complete control over what everyone eats.

a War on Obesity justifies all sorts of micromanagement of the agricultural and food production sectors. Blaming America’s food production sector for a public health problem allows them to play the same game with every company from Kraft to Heinz to General Mills to PepsiCo that they previously have with tobacco companies. To understand why the left would want to do this, you only need to look at the USSR in the past or Venezuela in the present, both of which imposed price controls over food products and tight control over farming.

He also touches on an idea that is quite evident in the Global Warming fracas.

a staple of the left’s exercise of power is to “shame” the public for their abuse of resources. This is common in every Communist countries that run on the illusion of collective economies and constantly berate some group for taking more than “their fair share”.

The left has always thrived on this kind of “Divide and Conquer”, on convincing people to resent and inform on each other, so that they view the government as their protector and their neighbor as their enemy. Furthermore by constantly making people feel insecure and unworthy, they are likely to not only blame their neighbors, but themselves for the system not working the way it should.

A deficiency, a flaw, or something that appears to be a problem is named and described as something for government to fix. That then generates legislative action to fix it and that action is usually towards imposing controls. Those controls may have only superficial relation to the stimulating problem. This keeps up in the pursuit of perfection and the controls ‘expose’ more problems that need more controls that create more problems.

Traffic, finance, education, health, .., it is a target rich environment for those seeking things government should fix.

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