CUTTING THROUGH THE absurd regulations of EUROPE
The #ThugLife campaign focuses on calling out absurd lifestyle regulations in Europe. In the framework of the NoNanny campaign of European Students for Liberty, we tell the government to get out of our lives and to not punish us for victimless crimes. If buying alcohol after 10 p.m. in France is a crime, then we're the thugs! Join us! #ThugLife
Most European countries ban you from riding a bike without a helmet. It presupposed that you are not capable of assessing risks on your own. Obviously wearing a helmet has proven to be advantageous to your own security, but you don't need the government to tell you that: it's a question of personal responsibility.
Switzerland bans you from flushing your toilet after 10 p.m. The reason for this is to limit the amount of noise put out towards neighbours, but it ultimately is a very old and useless law. Let's get rid of it!
Most cities in France ban the sell of alcohol after 10 p.m. This rule, instituted to prevent abuse of alcohol especially committed by young adults, interferes mostly with small businesses and has little effect. In fact, since those stores selling liquor after 10 p.m. are already risking their licenses, they have more of an incentive to sell to minors, since not respecting one rule or two, 'what difference does it make'?
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Open beverage dispenser are illegal in French fast-food restaurants, since the Nanny State wants to protect public health. If there is one thing unhealthy, it's the Nanny State itself!
Both selling and consuming beer in French football stadiums is banned, apart from inside the VIP lounges. Because the peasants cannot control themselves when they drink alcohol. Sounds historically familiar...
EVER MORE FREQUENTLY, MORE LAWS ARE PASSED WHICH LIMIT OUR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS
This is true for our consumer behavior as much as our personal behavior, regulating what we can buy, sell, consume, eat, drink, smoke, vape, gamble, and much more.
This puts products like meat and sugar in the same category as tobacco and alcohol, and reduces our capacity for choice at the behest of the Nanny State.
That's why we say #NoNanny.
My Life My choice
European Students For Liberty is launching a quiz on lifestyle regulation to bring attention to the absurd regulations in place across the European continent which limit our individual freedoms and choices.
This quiz is part of a movement to fight against the laws and rules put in place by governmental agencies who want to tell us how to live our lives and what we should put into our bodies.
These regulations limit not only our personal choices in our own lives, but also in the marketplace. Young people cherish their freedom and cherish their ability to make their own individual decisions without the Nanny State's interference. #NoNanny needed!
When the state tries to tell us what we should consume, there are no limits. Sugar and chocolate bars could be slapped with extra taxes or mandated plain packaging just as much as alcohol or cigarettes. And it just doesn’t work.
A detailed study by London Economics on the introduction of plain packaging in Australia in 2013 revealed there has been “no statistically significant change in smoking prevalence among adult Australians” since it was mandated.
Individuals can make better decisions about their own lives. No nanny needed.
"The lifestyle choices people make before the nanny state gets involved are the choices they want to make. They are the choices that give them maximum benefit. After the nanny state gets involved, they are forced to either settle for their second or third choice, or to pay more and get less benefit from their preferred choice." -- Chris Snowdon, Institute of Economic Affairs
Whether it’s video games, alcohol, sex, gambling, eating, or even laughing, the government thinks it knows best. But today’s young people don’t need a nanny and don’t need the state to run their lives and tell them which activity is fun and which isn’t. Legalize choice. No nanny needed.
Laws which tell businesses how long they can be open are well-intentioned but actually do more harm then good.
An article in the Journal of Health Economics analyzed the liberalization of closing times for pubs in England and Wales in 2005 and found that letting bars stay open much later caused traffic accidents to significantly decrease. Accidents on Friday and Saturday nights decreased by 32.5 percent. Rather than being forced onto the roads after a night at the pub because the state mandates a closing time, drinkers can take their time and responsibly get home when they’re ready. No nanny needed.