The fallacy that the government should have the role of father over the society for which it is responsible. Recently, it has been suggested that the government is taking on the role of a “nanny”, making us a “nanny state”. Actually, the role that it is developing towards is more that of the “father” (via the manager).

Freedom-destroying governments from Caligula to Stalin—as well as modern-era leaderships in East Germany, Turkmenistan, North Korea, Libya and Haiti—have universally presented their top man as father of the state, which they see as a household. The father persuades himself, and others, of his benign concern, and everything he does as head of the daddy state is “for your own good”. There is no appeal against a determined head of household. The state becomes Papa’s private patch; it is his private sphere.P15


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Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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