Walking the streets of Zurich, Switzerland, one might stumble upon the following ad for an apartment: “1BR/1BA: No smoking, drinking, loud music, electricity, Facebooking, selfies, text messaging (or cell phones altogether), deodorant, hair spray, perfume or cologne, fast food, guns, things that look like guns, things that don’t look like guns that could be made to look like guns, or anything else that might possibly cause someone discomfort or consternation. Send telegram for appointment.”
It may sound like a joke, but it really is not. It is exactly the type of environment developers from the “Healthy Life and Living Foundation” are pushing to create with a new apartment building constructed specifically for people who suffer from “sensitivity” to chemicals in products like cigarette smoke, and who fear radiation from electrical circuits and wireless devices like cell phones. Even personal hygiene products such as perfumes, soap and shampoo are controlled to ensure optimal tranquility for the inhabitants of this communal “plastic bubble.”
To some liberals, this highly regulated refuge from modernity may seem like a dream come true. It is, in effect, a completely “organic” building -- free from annoying capitalists in their gas-guzzling cars, expensive colognes, and iPhone conversations about corporate takeovers. In fact, photos of the rooms resemble Soviet-era housing complexes, filled only with the bare necessities of life. And while the austere nature of the building harkens to the days of Communist egalitarianism, it serves also as a warning to others that this could be our future should the Nanny State fulfill its public policy and social objectives.
One need only to look at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12-year reign of terror to understand how such a paradigm shift can occur. During his tenure, Bloomberg turned the NYC Board of Health into his personal Ministry of Plenty; issuing a litany of decrees that banned such items as sodas larger than 16-ounces, to regulating the amount of sodium allowed in processed foods and the type of oil in which fried foods could be cooked. Bloomberg even used taxpayer funds to launch a crusade against loud headphones, to keep New Yorkers from “going deaf.”