Friday, August 27, 2004

A couple of "must-reads" to start you off (trust me this is good stuff)

Although a bit old, this is a great piece lampooning the efforts of government interventionists who, among other things, may attempt to force convenience stores to carry more fruits and vegetables rather than junk food:

When asked if he would stock more fruit and vegetables if there were more demand for it over, say, Fritos and soda, the manager said, "Of course!"

When told about the argument offered by Michel Martin and the proponents of government intervention in diet, he laughed very loudly, leaning back from the counter.

"That's crazy! They don't know who is in charge here!"

No, they don't, and not many people involved in trying to regulate the choices of consumers really do. But that doesn't stop them from trying. The reason they continue in their Quixotic struggle is that they believe, in large or small degree, in the Marxist myth that the owners of the means of production make people buy things. With their Svengali-like powers, these capitalists can mesmerize people, turning them into consuming automatons, exploiting them, and pointing them towards dietary choices like chips and cookies and Big Macs when, under the control of the government, the choices offered would be highly nutritious fruits and fibers.

And while we're on the subject of food, how about this gem from Bill Anderson:

The situation regarding the lack of grocery stores in urban areas is even more ironic. For example, when activists in Inglewood, California, recently prevented a Wal-Mart superstore from opening in that area, the press hailed it as a "great victory" for the little people. To put it another way, American journalists hold that it is both wonderful and terrible that people in the inner cities don’t have a nearby Wal-Mart.

I can't wait to get started on the whole Wal-Mart thing. But that's for another day.


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