Nanny state

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A nanny state is a term for a government or country with laws that tell people how to behave and how to live their private lives.[1] The reasons may vary. Some may be to protect people's health, or to protect society. It is called paternalism when the government thinks they know better than the people.[2] When someone calls a government a nanny state, they are accusing it of taking away too much of their personal freedom.[3]

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  1. "NANNY STATE | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  2. Le Grand, Julian; New, Bill (2015). Government paternalism : nanny state or helpful friend?. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4008-6629-8. OCLC 898893903.
  3. "nanny, n.1 and adj". OED Online. Oxford University Press. December 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.