Puritanism, Paternalism, and Power
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Winter 1997/98 issue of The Independent Review.
From the colonial Puritans to todays 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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