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There’s no reason at all to ban some consumer choice other than the knowledge that if it were available some would pick it. Given that this is obviously so, we liberals should be telling the progressives to go boil their heads. Really, why are you trying to ban something that people so obviously desire?

10 comments on “Elsewhere

  1. We suggest to progressives every single day with respect to any number of topics that they should, figuratively, go and boil their heads. However, their sense of moral self worth and certainty of the righteousness of their position, coupled with an equal certainty that those who disagree with them are quite simply evil, make such suggestions an exercise in futility.

    They want to deny choice to prevent consumers making the wrong choice. Since they have decreed what is the right choice, why make the wrong ones available to people who are not as enlightened as they are?

  2. ‘Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.’ – C. S. Lewis

    BTW, I ate at a McDonalds in Paris 30 years ago. It was quite grand. Three stories, marble floors.

  3. Ronald could easily pay for a team to give said Mayor a hiding –or, more discretely–pay a bunch of crackheads to do so.

    OTT? But nothing will ever stop the bansturbs until the drawbacks and detriments of their tingoddery are brought home to them.

  4. I think the article misses the point. Yes, the authoritarians (not “progressives” – that just means reformist) are well aware that people want McDonalds. But they have a (generally incorrect) belief that fast food is “unhealthy”, and so they think people want something that is bad for them. They are preventing people getting what they want “for their own good”. This point isn’t acknowledged or answered in the article.

  5. Rob is right; no nasty little authoritarian is going to get his jollies by trying to ban something that no-one wants to do anyway.

  6. @NiV

    But they have a (generally incorrect) belief that fast food is “unhealthy”, and so they think people want something that is bad for them. They are preventing people getting what they want “for their own good”. This point isn’t acknowledged or answered in the article.

    “for their own good” is Gov’t excuse for every restriction on liberty, it goes without saying as we all know it is true.

  7. ‘Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits
    is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.’
    — Ronald Reagan

  8. PCar: I immediately assumed that was a parody. The Guardianista layout, the begging-bowl message, the fact the ‘read more’ link goes nowhere.

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