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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

"Soda laws appeal to the overclass because fat people are disgusting"

James Lileks eviscerates New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on Big Gulps:
A culture that redefines food choices as moral issues will demonize the people who don’t share the tastes of the priest class. A culture that elevates eating to some holistic act of ethical self-definition - localvore, low-carbon-impact food, fair trade, artisanal cheese - will find the casual carefree choices of the less-enlightened as an affront to their belief system. Leave it to Americans to invent a Puritan strain of Epicurianism.
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It’s not about health. If it was, no one would mention the cost of obesity. It’s an issue only because the rest of us have to pay for it? If that’s the case, then there’s no end to the restrictions we can conjure up and impose with equal parts of sadness and resolution. Smoking was easy because it stinks. Trans-fats was easy because no one knew what they were; it’s not like you go down the store to pick up some trans-fats. The soda laws appeal to the overclass because fat people are disgusting.
Protecting individual liberty means that society has to accept the right of some people to make bad decisions. The alternative is state control over all facets of our daily lives. We have to fight petty state tyrannies like the ban on giant sugary sodas because if we don't, we lose the moral authority to protest against bans on more significant infringements on our individual rights.

2 comments:

Pissedoff said...

Note to muslim terrorists, next time target NYC city hall, just make sure the mayor and his left wing lunatics are inside.

Alain said...

My question is why do the majority continue to put up with this crap. I suspect that this silly ban will actually be good for business, since the cost of buying more than one regular sodas would be greater than one king-sized soda.