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Paternalism   /pətˈərnəlˌɪzəm/   Listen

The attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good.

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"Paternalism" Quotes from Famous Books

... Take the welfare idea so scoffed at by many. After all, there is more to be said for than against. Of course, provided—It is all very well to say labor should be allowed to look after itself, and none of this paternalism. Of course, the paternalism can be overdone and unwisely done. But, at least where women workers are concerned, if we are going to wait till they are able to do things for themselves we are going to wait, perhaps, ...
— Working With the Working Woman • Cornelia Stratton Parker

... their brothers and sisters flogged, burned, mutilated, hanged on iron hooks, broken on the wheel, and had been all the while solemnly assured that this was paternal government, could only repay the paternalism in the same fashion, when they had the power. Stedman saw a negro chained to a red-hot distillery-furnace; he saw disobedient slaves, in repeated instances, punished by the amputation of a leg, and ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 31, May, 1860 • Various

... did the business for the Whigs. Too much "bearded lady" in Charles Evans Hughes perhaps cooked the goose of the Republicans. Too much Wilson—but let me not fall into lese majeste. The Whigs went into Know-Nothingism and Free Soilism. Will the Democrats go into Prohibition and paternalism? And ...
— Marse Henry, Complete - An Autobiography • Henry Watterson

Words linked to "Paternalism" :   mental attitude, governance, governing, government, government activity, administration, paternalistic, attitude

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