|Source: Chomsky's Philosophy- Uncle Sam's Big Government-|
Noam Chomsky's definition of a nanny state, is what almost every else including people who favor the nanny state on both wings of the American political spectrum call corporate welfare. Where government at taxpayers expense subsidizes wealthy successful corporations and individuals. That is not a nanny state, but corporate welfare. A nanny state is big government that tires to do to much for the people themselves. Make decisions for individuals that they ( meaning big government ) believe should be left to big government and not individuals. Like how much and what people should and can eat, or what and how much they can drink to use as examples. Big government telling people who they can sleep with and marry, when romantic couples can start living together, would be other examples of a nanny state.
|Source: Campaign For Liberty- Big Government, standing on individual freedom|
|Source: Joe Blow Report- Good example of the nanny state|
Corporate welfare and the nanny state, even though they're both related to big government and backed by big government, are two different things. One is about subsidizing wealthy individuals and corporations at the expense of everyone else. The other is about telling people what they can't and can't do and trying to use big government to manage people's lives for them. Because they believe that personal freedom is dangerous and just the freedom to make mistakes and commit immoral acts, as they would see it. Corporate welfare and the nanny state, both come from big government, but aren't the same things.
Chomsky's Philosophy: Professor Noam Chomsky- The Nanny State