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I’d submit that the most important political observation of our time is James Poulos’s theory of the pink police state. A pink police state, as Poulos understands it, is a regime that abandons political freedoms in exchange for interpersonal ones — a regime that exists not to preserve political liberties as conventionally understood, but to guarantee social entitlements. The pink police state isn’t concerned so much with whether the trains run on time or whether would-be invaders are kept at bay. No, what really matters is whether the citizens are being sufficiently “nice” to each other.
It’s no surprise, then, that the old distinction between public and private has to go. In the world of the pink police state, your business is everybody’s business, and your self-fulfillment is everybody’s duty. Each citizen is entitled to liberation — liberation from the oppressive structures of traditional society, liberation from suffering, and liberation from risk.