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As for paternalism, we have a host of zoning laws that actually prevent the type of housing patterns many Americans would like — dense urban living patterns, or at least higher density than one house per halfacre.
I was talking last night to Steve about negotiating with the University about taking a bit of land, a plot on Franklin right near the entrance to the University, and growing a halfacre of lettuces, and then when they are ready, selling them for a penny a piece in front of every market that sells scab lettuce. [laughter]