I’m glad that you responded, as this is exactly the response which I don’t understand.
It’s governments business to regulate society - that’s what laws are for. History have shown that completely unregulated economic entities tend to be very bad socially-wise. Junk food industry is becoming one of them - obesity epidemics is the best sign of it.
No, it’s the business of the gov’t to protect us from each other and to prevent the lack of progress that comes in a Hobbessian “state of nature”. A gov’t that protects us from ourselves only does so temporarily because it produces poor citizens. Those citizens eventually become leaders. Consider the people you grew up with who had mom and dad shelter them. What happened to them when they grew up?
If we only follow rules because of laws imposed upon us then after a few generations we often do not even know why those rules exist, we believe in them dogmatically and because they never enter the “arena of ideas” they can never be truly proven or misproven. This type of behavior regresses us as a people and society.
I ask then, what is your response to undercover cops arresting drunk people IN BARS in Texas? By opening up the door for free and diverse action and thought we make ourselves more survivable as a species. Giving gov’t control it should not be allowed opens up the door to the “tyranny of the masses”.
TC wrote an atomic dog not too long ago about the flu epidemic in 1918.
The Gov’t can’t save you from everything. Imagine now that this healthy fast food free society that you advocate is hit by a similiar flu. The bird flu comes to mind as it too is most apt to kill healthier individuals. If I’m going to die I’d rather it comes on account of my own excercise of freedom than a gov’t mandate of whatever is the popular vote at the time. Remember these are the people that took away ephedra and MAG-10.
So imagine we outlaw smoking. The top preventable killer is gone. Next we outlaw or impose insane taxes upon fast food. Obesiety drops and we’re healthier still. Hrrrmmm, what about when we’re so “healthy” that the top killer is stress? Should we outlaw free speech because when I hear socialist drivel my heart rate soars and cortisol rushes my veins?