People want desperately to think that things are not their fault. If you’re fat because you’ve spent a lifetime drinking Mountain Dew, it’s not your fault. It is society which has failed YOU. Those 2 liters were too easy to buy. The cups at 7-11, too big. You can’t be expected to control yourself, and that is why the people who are smarter than you, you know the government, must save you from yourself.
This is the argument of the attached piece, 3 Cheers for the Nanny State. Why not 3 Cheers for Paternalistic Fascism? Doesn’t sound as good I guess.