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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"No Soup For You!"

Remember the "Soup Nazi" on Seinfeld? If you don't, here's a reminder:

Believe it or not, Soup Nazi's really exist. Of course you know about The Fuhrer of Soup Nazi's, Michelle Obama. Combating childhood obesity is her mission in life. In January of this year she issued her husband's new food rules for public school meals. Good idea, right?
Wrong! Remember Jazlyn Zambrano? She is the North Carolina four-year-old who was told by her public elementary school principal in February of this year to eat lunch at the school cafeteria because the brown-bag lunch her mother had packed for her "did not meet the necessary guidelines."

The parasites in Washington know better than mothers what their kids should be eating for lunch, right?

Wrong! It seems the Soup Nazi's in Washington get their marching orders from "experts" who hang out in an Oxford bunker in the UK. Meet Dr Oliver Mytton from the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, UK and Dr. Corinna Hawkes from the Centre for Food Policy, City University, London, UK. This dynamic nerd duo recently published scientific articles in the British Medical Journal recommending that a "fat tax" of 20% be levied on "unhealthy food and drinks" in the US.

Dr. Mytton, who came up with the 20% tax rate, calls himself a pragmatist. He "said that governments actually might see food taxes as a way to generate revenue." (Gee, do ya think, Doc?) Dr. Hawkes seems the more dedicated Nazi. She said “there remains a long way to go for food policies to reach their full potential.”

Good God! Americans would never stand for such tyranny, right?

Wrong! According to the British Medical Journal article:
Opinion polls from the US also put support for tax on sugary drinks at between 37% and 72%, particularly when the health benefits of the tax are emphasized.
Gives new prospective to the phrase "a nation of sheeple," doesn't it?

Here's what one American from Indiana had to say about the proposed "fat tax:"
"I'd pay 20 percent. It's worth it,” one woman said. "I would eat a lot more healthy just to save more money.”
I'm guessing she thought long and hard about that one...


LD Jackson said...

That's the disturbing part. Many Americans would be willing to see a "fat tax" implemented, just to see "good behavior" enforced. They never stop to think about the personal liberty issue, or if the government should be involved in what we eat.

Sherman Broder said...

I think it's indicative of where we are in this country at this time. "Personal liberty" is unimportant to a great many people who'd willingly trade it for "security," which they believe collectivism can provide.