One of the most comforting thoughts about those who would seek to over-regulate us – at least in the forms of the nanny state and the security state – is that they tend to be separated by the classic political divide of left and right.
Left-leaning parties traditionally support nanny-state ideas, especially when it comes to health and what I can only describe as social engineering issues. Right-leaning parties tend to support security state ideas, especially when it comes to internal security measures that seem more aimed at perpetuating their power than providing actual security.
There are exceptions, of course – the right has no trouble getting involved in nanny-state measures when it comes to abortion; the left often displays an unexpected lack of nanny-statism when it comes to euthanasia. But by and large, these categories are fairly firm.
Ken MacLeod’s latest book is about, among other things, why we’re very lucky indeed that that’s so.
Not technically a drug, but rather a synthetic genetic cocktail designed to be taken by pregnant mothers to reduce pre-natal problems and grant immunity to several childhood diseases, The Fix is a small grey pill, shaped like two cones joined at their wider ends, and resembling more than anything else a weight from a fishing line (without the hole for the line).
Although it is not actually compulsory for pregnant mothers to take, a few decades from now, it might as well be. There are exemptions, but they mostly involve religious grounds. And in the highly regulated future from which it originates, refusal to take the damned thing without a good reason (and it should be noted that the vast majority of so-called good reasons are actually irretrievable irrantionality that the government apparently hopes to breed out of the population over the next few generations) will make the pregnant woman in question the target of all manner of government intervention.
All for the good of the unborn child, of course. Because someone has to think about the children.