The New, Soft Paternalism. Fascinating read about how new state laws are helping Americans stop themselves from doing things they should not (e.g., gamble). My “short‐term” self is rather weak‐willed, so I’ve had some success with letting my “long‐term” self take control: I embrace external authority, arbitrary as it may be, to get things done. (Like insisting on a penalty fee in a freelance project if the deadline slips.)