Chuck Ross at Gucci Little Piggy noted that:
when it comes to something like voting, liberals adopt a “power to the people” stance. When it comes to drinking soda, it’s “you don’t have the mental faculties to know what you’re doing.”
And also intelligently observed that:
It’s strange that guys like Michael Tomasky and David Frum have lashed out at the libertarian response to the sugary soda ban when, if libertarian doctrine would have been heeded from the get-go, obesity wouldn’t be at quite the epidemic proportion that has caused Mayor Bloomberg to act in the best interests of “public health”.
Half-Sigma echoed GLP:
in his post about sugary drinks, Gucci Little Piggy correctly points out the contradictory nature of liberal beliefs. On the one hand, liberals believe that poor people are too stupid to be able to purchase soft drinks, but on the other hand liberals think that everyone should have the right to vote.
He went on to provocatively note:
Maybe liberals aren’t as committed to equal voting rights as they pretend. Poor people conveniently vote Democratic, so liberals don’t have to make the hard choice of supporting universal suffrage in an alternate reality in which poor people vote Republican.
In any event, and this is a topic I’ve written about before, HBD teaches us that a lot of people are indeed too stupid to make good choices on their own. Liberals are more right about the sugary drink ban than libertarians.
And he further noted the hypocrisy in not treating juice the same way, and also disagreed with GLP as to why soda is cheap.
Go read both pieces – GLP’s first, then Half-Sigma’s.