Monday, November 26, 2007

Federalist Society luncheon Dec. 4 - book event - "Nanny State"

The Federalist Society Phoenix Lawyers Chapter Presents:

Nanny State:
How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America Into a Nation of Children

A Book Event*

Denver Post Columnist and author David Harsanyi ( will join us to discuss his book, in which he delves into the smoking bans, the recent trans-fat bans, zero-tolerance policies, and the end of “happy hour” as we know it. Harsanyi argues that when the government intervenes in this overzealous manner, no matter how good the intentions may appear to be, it not only diminishes our ability to make our own choices, but it promotes a culture of dependence that goes against the freedoms we celebrate so earnestly.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 11am-12:30pm

The Tavern on Mill
404 South Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281

There is no cost to attend this event, and lunch--in the form of unhealthy, greasy, bar food--will be provided. Space is limited, however, so please RSVP if you plan to attend

* Mr. Harsanyi's book will be available for purchase

RSVP to Kasey Higgins (, 480-557-8300) no later than noon on Friday, November 30, 2007.

Some thoughts on "Nanny State":

“The average American has little idea just how many liberties have been lost through the growth of the Leviathan. Increasingly, there’s a regulation, the need to get permission, and the outright banning of ordinary activities that have always been seen as personal and private. David Harsanyi gives us a detailed script of this ugly process. He is more than generous by titling this egregious attack on our liberties as the ‘Nanny State.’”

--Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University and author of More Liberty Means Less Government

“The scariest thing about the creeping authoritarianism of What’s Good For You is how few people notice it anymore. David Harsanyi notices it, thank God, and has written a terrific reminder of why, if they can force you to wear your seatbelt, they can force you to do just about anything. Buy this book: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may wind up voting Libertarian.”

--Tucker Carlson, host of MSNBC’s Tucker and author of Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News

"This is a dangerous book--mostly because if it falls into the hands of legislators or city councils, they'll find new ideas for things to ban or mandate. But for sensible people, it's a wake-up call about the efforts of busybodies on both left and right to nitpick every aspect of our lives, from what we eat and drink to what we watch on television to what games our children can play."

--David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute and author of Libertarianism: A Primer

"David Harsanyi makes a frightening case for the dangers of big government, and a strong argument that less government is better government."

--Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit

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