What is Paternalism?
Let’s look at what the term paternalism is not: Self-Determination and Self Reliance.
The development of that stance begins with dispensing with the cultural myths surrounding self-reliance and coming to understand what it is not. From there, we’ll begin to grapple with what it is, and how to embrace it more fully.
(Art of Manliness BONUS: Self-Reliance has been one of the most important pieces of writing in my life. I’ve read it at least once a year for a decade now, and each year it means something new. I hope the following ideas will inspire you to read the essay in its entirety. To support you in this, I’ve put together a FREE reading guide.)
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK YOUR MIND
People should not conform to what other people in society think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was from Concord Massachusetts
– TRUST THYSELF –
If a good self reliant man were to accept and allow for paternalism he would:
- Deny all responsibility for himself and his family thus live and breed incompetence into his life;
- Not make his own decisions for himself and be as a subject to another man and that mans whims;
- Not Trust himself and lose self-esteem thus unable to live a genuinely full-filled life;
- Lose his liberty to express free will creatively and deny himself his own equality;
- Allow for the emasculation of his rightful place and power and authority.
“Paternalism” comes from pater, father. Paternalism may be offensive, but it is not patriarchal; if you like, call it “maternalism” or “parentalism”. Most people find paternalism over young children to be justified; over competent adults repugnant; and over older children and retarded or incapacitated adults severely problematic.
The reason is that we value self-determination. Competent adults are clearly the kinds of selves that can determine their own fates, at least most of the time; incompetent adults and older children sometimes are and sometimes are not; and very young children are not. Self-determination and paternalism exclude each other; or from another point of view, they go together like figure and ground, jointly covering the entire range of human self-definition and competency.
If we respect people in following their own decisions, we uphold self-determination;
if we do not, we treat them paternalistically.
John Stuart Mill was Brilliant as was Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Tyranny of Paternalism – bureaucracy kills free speech & liberty – Janet Albrechtsen
WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO AS WE DAMN WELL PLEASE!
AS WE KNOW RIGHTS ARE BESTOWED UPON US BY VIRTUE OF OUR HUMANITY
THIS KIND OF THINKING INFECTS THE NEXT GENERATIONS AS IT’S TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS
THE MOTTO OF THE PATERNALIST ELITES IS RIGHTS ARE GIFTED TO US BY GOVERNMENT
Thank you Janet Albrechtsen your talk is encouraging for all woman and man everywhere one of the most thoughtful lectures.