If you consider yourself a “socialist,” especially in today’s Bernie Sanders-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez world, then you are all in with the police state. In contrast to the control freaks of dictatorial central planning, you won’t see free traders arresting and throwing into a cage peaceful people. Yet, that is what we get from socialists.
In California, for instance, the government bullies run the whole state. In Santa Barbara now, the city will impose a “fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months” for the 2nd offense if workers at restaurants and bars give customers plastic straws, according to Fox News.
You see, these bureaucrats are just schnooks who like to boss people around and exercise power over others. In contrast, if someone is using a straw for a drink, that itself is a peaceful activity. Peaceful activities should not even be addressed by government or government’s enforcers.
What is the problem with plastic straws? The problem isn’t that the straw or the plastic is harmful to the environment. The problem is littering. And that is a problem whether it is people throwing straws around, shopping bags, wrappers, etc. Why don’t these nudniks go after the litterbugs? (I’ll bet that if we followed the nudniks around we would find out that they themselves are litterbugs. That’s why. Just like the Al Gore hypocrites flying around in their polluting private jets.)
More iron fist dictators: In San Francisco the bureaucrats want to ban companies from providing free lunches to their workers with on-site cafeterias. Huh? Why should these stupid hacks care if a company has a cafeteria?
One “Supervisor” said to the San Francisco Chronicle, “We don’t want employees biking or driving into their office, staying there all day long and going home. This is about getting people out of their office, interacting with the community and adding to the vibrancy of the community,” according to Reason. (“Supervisor”? I think these bureaucrats are the ones who need supervision, quite frankly.)
And what are they going to do with the disobedient businesspeople who ignore these diktats? Arrest them?
These people are just plain nuts, in my view. They remind me of the crazies at Google, who are probably all in with this nutty idea.
But this kind of control freak nuttiness, with bureaucrats ordering around peaceful people, is a part of the police state mentality. Freedom is not on their radar, unfortunately.