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.