Paternalism is a dirty word. The "nanny state," "Big Brother" and similar terms invoke the dire specter of government intruding on individuals' thoughts, behavior and choices. Public suspicion of paternalistic interventions is a formidable hurdle, and there are a variety of other social costs from such interventions. Nonetheless, such policies may help people save money, live safer, be healthier and make better decisions for themselves.
The National Law Journal
January 26, 2009
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