Study: Europeans Prefer Nanny State Over Independence

PolitiChicks.comRand Paul made his case for individual freedom over government very clear, but news out of Europe this week makes it clear the folks overseas love their Nanny States.

In 2013 a movement called “Participation Society” was launched to try and motivate citizens to do more for themselves and rely less on government assistance. Unfortunately, support for the idea has faltered with just 35% saying they want freedom while 40% say they would rather keep the nanny state.

A survey of over 1,000 individuals found that more than half of those questioned believed it was okay to ask your neighbors for help. This same group of people was much less likely to give that help if asked. Only 16% of those questioned felt they would be prepared to help if asked by their neighbors. That means the Nanny state would be expected to pick up that slack.

Someone once wrote a famous book explaining how once given free things…the masses will not react well when those freebies are suddenly and unceremoniously taken away. I believe the author of that quote might have been a European, and should you want to read his book for yourselves, I recommend The Prince by Machiavelli…written in the 16th century, but just as relevant today.

Shannon Grady

South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

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