Don Boudreaux, a libertarian economist at George Mason, publishes a great blog called Cafe Hayek. In arguing for ,limited government, he asks liberals who don't like social conservatives and conservatives who don't like state intervention in the economy, why they support big government in other contexts. He writes the following:
Here’s why I ask the above questions: every time I’m in a supermarket check-out lane and catch the headlines of the reading materials on sale there – soap-opera digests, magazines featuring Oprah and other entertainment celebrities, and the like – I literally get a bit of a queazy feeling in the pit of my stomach. It somewhat sickens me that people care who Jennifer Anniston is dating, what Oprah is eating, or why male hunk du jour just ditched female sex-goddess du jour for some other equally vacuous if va-va-va-voom!-inducing babe. I don’t wish to prevent anyone from reading about or caring deeply about these matters about which I truly couldn’t care less. But it scares me that people who read that nonsense – because they care about that nonsense - have a say in how my life is conducted. I resent the fact that such people, if only through the ballot box, influence how government orders me about.
The more expansive is the scope of government authority, the more my life is subject to commands issued in part under the influence of people who read Us magazine.
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin.