NO NANNY DEBATES
Armed with plain-packaged chocolate bars, #FreeToChoose t-shirts, and #NoNanny stickers and gear, Students For Liberty activists across Europe have been holding a series of debates and events on lifestyle regulation.
It’s all part of the #NoNanny campaign begun last year to highlight the many ways in which government interference into our lives affects our abilities to choose how we live, what we consume, eat, and more.
Thus far, events have been held in Brno, Czech Republic, Warsaw, Poland, Belgrade, Serbia, Reykjavík, Iceland, and Vilnius, Lithuania, including debates with government ministers, leaders from civil society and industry, and activists for lifestyle freedom.
Students have been engaged in all of these events and have sent a clear message that they don’t need a nanny telling them how to live their lives or what they should consume.
Students were able to get their hands on various swag and talk about lifestyle regulation in their own country.
Overview of Debates Thus Far
With six debates already completed (detailed here in full), we are planning at least five more in Maastricht, Netherlands, Passau, Germany, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Madrid, Spain, and Paris, France.
Debating parties included ministers of health, representatives from health NGOs, entrepreneurs, and several parliamentarians. These are proved to be prime opportunities to hand out our branded merchandise and reinforce the idea of lifestyle freedom.
SFL Serbia hosted its own debate entitled: “Alcohol and Tobacco: State or Personal Choice?”.
The debate was held just before winter break, but that didn’t stop dozens of students from taking part in this hot debate.
“Citizens should have the right to make all decisions concerning themselves. The State should not be a regulator which decides which behavior is acceptable and what isn’t,” said Rastko Petaković, a local attorney who argued for the individual action side.
His opponent was Slavica Đukić Dejanović, a current MP and former minister of health in the Serbian government.
In order to gather contacts and spread general awareness, we launched the Regulate.eu quiz website last year.
Even more, several of our activists launched the #ThugLife picture contest, looking for pictures of absurd regulations being broken everyday.