Montgomery County in Maryland recently passed one of those now-stylish bans on trans-fats and Russell Roberts isn't thrilled.
The principle is tricky. It's not the right to eat trans-fats. The principle is that I don't want powerful people to decide what I do with my body or my life. Those are my responsibility. They are my responsibility because that's what adulthood is. Adulthood is being responsible for the risks you take, reaping the rewards and enduring the costs.
I agree with him, by the way, but doesn't the argument remind you of another issue? Isn't "government control of our bodies" the same line that the pro-abortion rights people have used for decades now to push their case? I don't agree with them, abortion does kill a human being, so someone else's life is in play, too.
But if we assume that they're really worried over the control of their own bodies, then wouldn't it be logical that they'd also be fighting against seat belt laws, anti-smoking laws and trans-fat banning laws? Oddly enough, they're not. In fact, they don't seem the least bit worried over these latest attempts by politicians to dictate our body-control.
Makes me wonder about their sincerity and causes me to think that, in the end, they just want to get rid of that thing. Any argument, it appears, however libertarian, will do. Just this once.