Monday, June 18, 2012
Show Me On The Doll Where The Evul Corporashun Touched You
A popular theme by statists who think more government intervention is the answer to the obesity epidemic is the 'yes, but' argument.
"I believe in free speech, but not for corporations, unless those corporations happen to be unions or some other collection of individuals that I agree with."
This is a common mindset: that corporations wield too much power over our puny little brains. This argument is always made by someone who is enlightened enough not to succumb to the siren song of high fructose corn syrup, cigarettes, saturated fat, or whatever else happens to be the bête noire of the moment, but is convinced that the proles need to be protected from the free market from said thing.
If you want to waste some time check out this long and rather pointless debate I had with Nigel on this subject.
People who believe that the government should fix the problems it created by even more intervention mostly fall into these categories:
-Yes the government fucked things up by telling us to eat the wrong thing and now it needs to fix that.
-Yes the government fucked things up, but not as much as the evil corporations.
-I don't know much about politics but I think the government should fix this stuff, because it has such an amazing track record of solving problems.
-The government didn't create this problem but, it sure as hell needs to fix it.
-The government will do the right thing when we manage to put Top Men in charge.
So for all those who think that more government intervention is the solution, please show me on the doll where the evul corporashuns made you feel funny. Was it the government who touched you there or the terrible advertisements? Perhaps the nice government can make up for those awful ads by taxing those mean old brainwashers to hell and back. There, is that better?