... talking about Socialized Medicine in 1961 and how it bootstraps all manner of Socialist thinking and controls into our everyday life. Witness how this happens now with the "cost to the NHS" being used as a cudgel to beat people up over smoking, drinking, diet and exercise, while forgetting that those people are now denied the option over the NHS. They MUST pay for it, so they MUST use it, so they are no longer a customer but a COST. Therefore, to reduce costs they MUST OBEY the State in all manner of ways.
This is a theme that I expounded upon when I talked about all taxpayers being in hock to the state.
The state is the provider of a service: the National Health Service in this case. Because the state provides and "pays" (through taxes, of course) for this service, it has the power to dictate to the population.
Obesity costs money over and above a "normal" person's treatment. Even if the obese person has private medical insurance, they cannot opt out of the NHS because they are forced to contribute to the NHS through their NICs. And, in fact, because of various laws—an ambulance can only take you to a state A&E, all GPs are employed by the state—no one can opt out of the state-provided system entirely.
In this way, everyone is in debt to the state. And as long as everyone is in debt to the state, the state, fundamentally, has the right to tell the population how to behave. And this debt can never actually be discharged: you are in debt to—and thus subject to the whim of—the state from the moment that you are born until the moment that you die.
And, remember, there is no actual contract to sign (or not sign) so the government can—and does—keep on shifting the terms of this agreement as and when it likes.
As such, no one in this country owns their own body; no one in this country owns their own life. Everyone is effectively in hock to the state because you can never, ever opt out of state provision.
Of course, much of the power that the state has over you could be countered were you able to show that you are, in fact, a net contributor to these services. If you could point to your contibutions "pot" and say, "look! I have credit in my pot and you cannot tell me what to do because I am not using or abusing these services."
The trouble is there is no "pot": as I have pointed out before, National Insurance is a Ponzi Scheme.
Does this sound at all familiar?Ponzi was bringing in cash at a fantastic rate, but the simplest financial analysis would have shown that the operation was running at a large loss. As long as money kept flowing in, existing investors could be paid with the new money, but colossal liabilities were accumulating.
As with NI, the money was not actually invested: it was simply used as income and the liabilities were paid out of that income. The Ponzi scheme was a massive fraud, and so is NI. As with tax—or, as I prefer to call it, extortion with menaces—if it wasn't the state doing it, the whole scheme would be illegal.
As with the health service and NI in general, as it is with any other tax: whilst we are forced to pay tax in return for services, the providers of said services can dictate how they are delivered—especially, and I cannot stress this enough, because we have never been shown or allowed to sign a proper, binding contract.
This is why—along with the destruction of our ancient legal constitution—local councils are able to change the rules of rubbish collecting; it is why they are able to fine people for dropped cigarette butts (with no evidence) and why they are always, constantly, able to harry us and bully us.
Were there a plurality of providers, we could at least shop around. Even were said providers just as bad at actually delivering the services as the state is, at least we would not be sent to prison for refusing to pay for services that we did not engage or ask for.
The tax system makes slaves of us all: we have no option but to pay the tax, and thus we are serfs to our lords and masters. Because they have the law to back up their means of collection, and thus we must pay said taxes whether we wish to use the services provided or not, our lords and masters force other providers out of the market—both through monopoly laws and through ensuring that no one has the money left over to pay competing providers anyway.
I can only agree with Roger when he says...
Wicked is too mild a word for Socialism.
The state is really not your friend: it is the one, unassailable monopoly of the modern world and it must be destroyed or it will, most assuredly, make slaves of us all.
To the extent that it has not already done so, anyway.