C . A . G . E .
Citizens Against Government Encroachment -- Citoyens Anti Gouvernement Envahissant
 

 

 

PRESIDENT and TREASURER

Daniel Romano is a Montreal-based business consultant with experience in retail, wholesale, manufacturing and service industries. Daniel has served as director of non-profit organizations for a number of years, is very familiar with the North American business environments, and has done consulting work for many local, national and international companies in Canada, Japan, Israel, the Philippines, the U.S. and Germany. Daniel has been a long-time member and financial supporter of non-profit charities in Canada and the U.S. such as the Cousteau Society, Greenpeace, Greenpeace Canada, Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and others.

Over the years, Daniel has organized teambuilding and motivation programs for companies such as the Royal Bank of Canada, Aldo Group, Sun Microsystems, Microcell Solutions, Quintiles Pharmaceuticals, Brystol Meyers, Hyperchip, Biochem Pharma, Eicon Technologies, I.C. Axon, UniSignal, G.E. Investments, Bell Mobility, Quebec Association of Accountants, and some of Montrealís largest law firms. One of his greatest pleasures in is seeing the synergies of diverse elements all contributing to a greater whole.

Daniel holds two law degrees from McGill University, a Masters in Political Science and Economics from the University of Hawaii and the East West Centerís Institute of Culture and Communication, a Bachelorís from the University of Florida in Philosophy, with Honours, and an Associate of Arts from the University of Florida in Liberal Arts, with High Honours, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate academic honour society.




PERSONAL STATEMENT

The research I have done on behalf of C.A.G.E. has changed fundamentally my conception of society and of tolerance for others. When my brother approached me with the idea, it was quite a hard sell for him. I reminded my brother that according to most people we know, Iím a "health nut" Ė Iím a vegetarian, I donít drink, I donít smoke, Iím an environmentalist, and the only thing I have ever been addicted to is exercise. He replied, "Thatís exactly why you are the perfect person to fight government intrusion and health nannyism Ė youíll be acting purely out of principle."

Luckily, David knows me well and he knew what aspects of my character to appeal to. I have an extreme sense of justice and principle and a passionate love for individual freedom. He knew that as much as I might disapprove of certain lifestyles, my hatred for systematic manipulation of facts and disregard for truth is far greater. We studied and discussed the issue for weeks, and it became more and more clear that our very powerful government, and the health organizations that we automatically presume are trustworthy, are guilty of a very dedicated and deceitful manipulation of statistics for the purpose of social engineering. What angered me the most was how completely taken in I myself had been by the fear mongering, the junk science and the exaggerated statistics. The case studies here on the C.A.G.E. website describe these in more detail.

It was a little easier for me to see the problem because of all my experience working and consulting for small businesses. In the service industry as in wholesale and retail, the amount of nonsensical government regulation, fees and red-tape that one has to wade through in order to just survive makes it almost impossible to actually prosper. Anybody who has ever run their own business will expound on the headaches they get just thinking of the time, energy and money they are forced to waste trying to fulfil all of the requirements of our government juggernaut. As if running a business in a competitive market were not challenging enough!† Luckily, a number of organizations already existed to fight for small business interests.† Almost none, however, focus on the rights of individuals to choose their own lifestyles without harassment from government.

When I agreed to launch C.A.G.E., I therefore did it for the principles of freedom of choice, of greater personal responsibility, and of a smaller and less intrusive government. I am especially concerned about more appropriate priorities for government, the rights of cyclists to ride without helmets, and of consumers to eat what foods they want.† To run C.A.G.E., I had to learn all of the issues. As I researched and familiarized myself with the studies, statistics, meta-analyses, epidemiology, dogma, science and junk science surrounding public health promotion, I gradually came to understand that a whole industry supports itself via scare-mongering and the fabrication of health crises.† While legitimate spheres of public health exist, such as those that deal with viral epidemics and sanitation, others depend on manipulating statistics and creating illegitimate public health priorities to garner resources.† In the anti-smoking movement, for instance, scientists, lobbyists, consultants and pharmaceutical companies still make fortunes and capture huge amounts of tax dollars, despite the fact that virtually everyone on earth has been well warned about the risks of smoking.† The public health industry has also transitioned from the tobacco cash cow to other issues, such as targeting the obese with studies claiming that obesity is somehow contagious, and to those who like drinking, or those whose kids would have enjoyed play-grounds had the province of Ontario not dismantled them because it deemed things like "monkey bars" to be unsafe.

I started C.A.G.E. out of principle. But now I am pursuing C.A.G.E.ís mission out of anger and out of love. My anger is for the politicians and for the health organizations that have so conceitedly betrayed our trust and defrauded our tax money with their false charities, biased research and condescending efforts at social engineering.† My new love is for the people not afraid of enjoying their lives in a society that preaches the complete elimination of risk. Kudos to the cyclist who prefers to ride without a helmet and enjoys the feel of the wind blowing through their hair.† Hats off to those who ignore the harassment and continue smoking because they enjoy it (and letís encourage those who want to quit).† More power to the carpenter, who has never worn eye goggles and who after twenty-years without incident, just could not be bothered with them. Thank you to the Native Canadians who are happy to remove their seatbelts as soon as they drive onto their† reservations where such paternalistic laws do not apply (I wonder though Ė if we didnít tell them that they MUST wear their seatbelts, might they buckle-up more often?). A cheer for the backwoodsmen who continue to walk their land with an unregistered gun over their shoulder, just as their ancestors did before them. Perhaps they are aware that swimming pools kill more people than guns in the U.S.. And good luck to all those athletes who get a thrill out of extreme sports and remind us that sometimes, the pleasure is worth the risk, and other times, the pleasure is IN the risk.

Tolerance is about accepting somebody elseís lifestyle, even if you do not approve of it. If you value your own freedom, your own right to choose, then you should be ready to speak up for the rights of others to choose, even if they choose things you would not. This is one of the many things that C.A.G.E. stands for. Freedom is not a zero sum game. The best way to protect your own freedom is by being ready to fight for that of your neighbour.

Daniel Romano, B.CL, LL.B, MA.†