Puritanism, Paternalism, and Power
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Winter 1998 issue of The Independent Review


From the colonial Puritans to today’s progressive paternalists, America has always had authoritarian elements who favor using coercion against personal behavior they regard as offensive. These sentiments become the basis of policy whenever politicians can exploit them to advance their own interests.

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