Book Discussion on Nanny State

David Harsanyi talked about his book Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded… read more

David Harsanyi talked about his book Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America into a Nation of Children, published by Broadway. The author argues that our personal freedoms are being attacked by a group of “do-gooders” that he contends wish to have the government regulate how we live and what we eat, watch, and read. The author points to the ban on cooking with trans-fats in New York City and the smoking bans throughout the country as examples of the “nanny state.” He argues that government intervention in its citizens' private lives denies us freedom of choice and promotes a culture of dependence. Mr. Harsanyi responded to questions from members of the audience.

This was an event of the area “The Big Read” of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Book Discussion on Nanny State

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Program ID:
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Public Affairs Event
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Aurora, Colorado, United States
First Aired:
Oct 27, 2007
Last Aired:
Jan 6, 2008

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  • Oct 27, 2007 | 9:15am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 28, 2007 | 12:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 03, 2007 | 11:36am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 25, 2007 | 11:34am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 22, 2007 | 8:30pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 06, 2008 | 11:30pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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