This one comes from Dan Mitchell, via Cato:
Life is filled with risk. We can deal with that two ways. The first option is to allow people to make educated choices, thus promoting individual responsibility. The second option is to have politicians micro-manage our decisions, thus promoting passivity.
Not surprisingly, America is drifting in the wrong direction, allowing busybodies to regulate every aspect of our lives.
From here, he points out something I’ve discussed recently. One reason children do dumb things is because they expect to be insulated from the consequences. When the State takes on the role of insulator, does it also promote dumb behavior?