blockitecture leaderboard

Bloomberg's Legacy: Freedom-Hating Nanny or Public Health Visionary?

To his critics, Mayor Bloomberg's initiatives aimed at decreasing smoking, increasing active lifestyles, and tackling obesity add up to the creation of a "Nanny State". A new article challenges the critics by framing him as a public health pioneer.

A vote this week to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 in New York City is the latest (and perhaps last) in a long list of initiatives advanced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to improve public health.   

"Every one of these tactics has been hotly contested, along some common themes," writes Emily Badger. "The science is inconclusive. The city is infringing on personal freedom. Bloomberg himself has become an excessive meddler. His initiatives open the door to even greater government intrusion. And these reforms trample the rights not just of residents and consumers and low-income minority communities, but also of the companies that sell products to them."

"Now, as a counterpoint, here is a radically different argument: Bloomberg has been a pioneer of a new kind of public health that aims at the risk factors for lifestyle-related diseases that are now a greater threat in the U.S. than infectious ones," she continues. "This is the argument of Lawrence O. Gostin, a bioethicist and Georgetown professor who's written a methodical (and well-timed) take-down of Bloomberg's critics in the Hastings Center Report, a journal on the ethical, legal and social sides of medicine and health."

Full Story: The Radical Case for Bloomberg's 'Nanny' State

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
$28.00