Whether in housing, education or innumerable other aspects of life, the key to busybody politics, and its endlessly imposed solutions, is that third parties pay no price for being wrong.
This not only presents opportunities for the busybodies to engage in moral preening, but also to flatter themselves that they know better what is good for other people than these other people know for themselves.
Right now, there are people inside and outside of government who are proposing new restrictions on how you may or may not visit the national parks that your taxes support. Among their proposals is doing away with trash cans in parks so visitors have to take their trash out with them.
Just how they would enforce this, when millions of people are visiting places like Yosemite or Yellowstone, is something the busybodies need not bother to think through — much less pay a price, when trash simply accumulates in these parks after trash cans are removed.
ObamaCare is perhaps the ultimate in busybody politics. People who have never even run a drugstore, much less a hospital, blithely prescribe what must be done by the entire medical system, from doctors to hospitals to producers of pharmaceutical drugs to health insurance companies.
This includes federal laws requiring "confidential" medical records, where these records can be looked at by politicians, bureaucrats and whoever can hack into the government's computers. Neither you nor your doctor has a right to keep this information confidential.
What could lead anyone to believe that they have either the right or the omniscience to dictate to hundreds of millions of other people?
Our educational system may have something to do with that, with their constant promotion of self-esteem, and especially their emphasis on developing leaders.
Our schools and colleges are turning out people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do.
The price of their self-indulgence is the sacrifice of our freedom.
If we don't defend ourselves against them, who will?
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.