In Loco Parentis

A few days back in Free Stuff From Daddy, I thought I’d at last got a handle on Trump Derangement Syndrome. I wrote:

For a lot of people, mostly on the Left, the state is a parent. It’ll provide security just like Mummy and Daddy once did. They look to the state to do everything, provide more or less everything. And while there were US presidents who felt the same way, and played the role of indulgent parent, a lot of Americans felt safe.

But Donald Trump isn’t an indulgent parent. Donald Trump is one of those parents who tells their children to get a job, and learn to support themselves, and stop relying on Daddy. I bet he told daughter Ivanka one day that if she wanted any more shoes and handbags, she was going to have get herself a job, and earn the money herself to buy those things. And I can imagine that when he did that, she probably threw a fit, and cried for weeks. But I’ll bet that he didn’t relent. I bet he stuck to his guns. And now Ivanka is a successful businesswoman in her own right. And she probably is because he made her become one.

And now that Donald Trump is playing Daddy to the American people, a lot of them are reacting just like I imagine Ivanka did: they’re throwing a fit, and calling him an “authoritarian” and a “bully” and even a “fascist.”

But I then thought that if the Left see the role of government as that of parenting the people, then that would maybe explain a lot about their behaviour when they take power: They regard the people who’ve just voted them into office as children, and they treat them like children.

And would you want your children smoking? And would you want them drinking? And would you want them owning guns? Well you wouldn’t, would you? And also you’d want them to eat healthy, nutritious food instead of sweets and chocolate biscuits, wouldn’t you? And you’d like them to get plenty of exercise, and not sit around all day eating chocolate biscuits and playing video games, wouldn’t you?

It all jumps into focus once you realise that they see people as children – children who need to be protected, and children who need to have their decisions made for them. The Nanny State is the state which treats its people like children. And the Nanny State is also the state which makes decisions for its child-people, and tells them what to do.

And the Nanny State is also the state that tells its people fairy stories. Well, all parents tell their children bedtime stories, don’t they? And if you don’t want your children to smoke, why not tell them a fairy story about how smoking causes lung cancer? If telling them such fairy stories scares them off smoking, isn’t it a good idea to tell them lots of fairy stories like that? And if you don’t want them to use fuels like coal and oil, then why not tell them a fairy story about how carbon dioxide from these burnt fuels causes global warming of the atmosphere? And in fact, whenever you want them to do anything, why not just think up a new fairy story to tell them?

It also explains why chiiiiildren have such a central role in their world, and why they’re always doing things to protect chiiiildren. It’s because they see everyone as children. When they talk about protecting children, they’re talking about protecting you.

And if you want to be protected, and if you want other people to make your decisions for you, then you want to carry on living the life of a child. And that’s what a lot of people actually would like. And it’s only because so many people want one that we have a Nanny State. For the nannies don’t come out of nowhere: they come because there’s a demand for them.

And when the state starts acting in loco parentis that’s also when you start seeing the state taking children away from their parents. For in the eyes of the state, the parents are actually just big children, and a family is just a bunch of children being ordered around by the oldest children in the family.

It may also explain why so many of them seem to be pedophiles these days. For if adults are just big children, then if child-adults can have sex with each other, then why not with children too?

There are a lot of difficult questions here. And perhaps the first of them is: what is childhood? It’s a state of dependency. When children are born, they’re completely dependent on their mothers. Utterly and completely dependent. In the past it seems that more or less as soon as these infants could walk and talk, they were enlisted to help their adult parents. And in this manner they fairly rapidly became adults, as they worked alongside their adult parents, and shared their worries and concerns.

But that’s now called “child labour”, and conjures up the images of children being sent up chimneys to clean out the soot in them. And childhood has become a condition of perpetual play. And instead of lasting two or three years, it lasts for 20 or 30 years. And for some people it lasts a lifetime. And that’s why there are lots and lots of child-adults who remain dependent on the state, which has become their new parent.

I think I’m just scratching the surface here. I think there’s much more to be said, exploring this way of looking at things. But right now Donald Trump is looking to me like an Adult, and Republican party the Adults’ Party. And the Democrats are looking like the Children’s Party, and most of their politicians are looking like Children (Hillary Clinton in particular, in light of her two-year-long tantrum after not winning the presidency).

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20 Responses to In Loco Parentis

  1. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    We the sheeple! 🐏
    Very accurate observation upon the market demand for nannying by those willing to allow others to issue endless diktats.
    Market forces including supply, demand and product branding are ignored or misunderstood by nanny state dictators.
    Perhaps one method of confounding the tobacco prohibitionists may be to point out that the bans on advertising and packaging save the despised Big Tobacco literally billions in corporate merchandising costs – yet more evidence their smoking ‘cures’ not only fail, but often achieve the opposite result. Irrational magical thinking: most seem to have a ‘roo loose in the top paddock. 🐪 (Camel will have to do).

  2. Rhys says:

    Have you read Thomas Sowell’s ‘The Vision of the Annointed’? Definitely worth it for this topic!

  3. Emily says:

    A different perspective on Trump as a father figure, I thought this was kind of interesting in light of your recent posts:

  4. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Totally off thread, but in Sunday’s episode of ‘Doctor Who’, the new series with new female Doctor, tobacco saves the day…

    *Okay then, Clicky… /rolls eyes…*

  5. slugbop007 says:

    Interesting that tobacco can cure some ills. I remember reading several years ago that one of the best cures for Ebola came from tobacco leaves. I think I still have the link somewhere.


  6. Doonhamer says:

    Bill, you don’t want me to stick it up my nose?

  7. Lepercolonist says:

    Fairy stories from the government rings so true. Great essay, Frank.

  8. waltc says:

    In rough translation, “in loco parentis” means “crazy parents.”

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