Gene Healy on What Nanny State Busy Bodies Are Up to Now


This Wednesday, the city council of Elk Grove, California, will consider a bill to ban smoking in all apartment buildings, publicly or privately owned. You might see this as an effort to "harass the people and eat out their substance." Others prefer to call it "public health policy." From Elk Grove to Westminster, writes Gene Healy, we seem to have forgotten what governments are for: to secure us in our basic rights and otherwise mind their own business.