Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Food police take on Cheddar

I commented earlier in the year on the connection between nationalized health and totalitarianism, pointing out that when there is a direct link between the physical health of a populace and the nation's fiscal integrity (which there obviously is when government promises to pick up the tab on everyone's medical expenses), the state cannot help but develop an inordinate interest in keeping its citizens healthy.

If this be doubted, one need look no further than the UK. Whether it is the UK Government's campaign to get citizens to exercise while waiting for the bus or their more recent scheme to use taxpayers' pounds to subsidize "fat camps" (where infants will be put on 'weight management' courses), it is clear that a government that is responsible for health becomes a government that claims authority over health.

As if to confirm my concerns, I just read today that in a move to make the citizens of England eat more low and reduced-fat, the government's food police have gone on the attack against cheddar cheese - a foretaste of what America could be like after 50 years of nationalized health care.

Doesn't the government have anything better to do with tax payers' money than to worry about what kind of cheese its citizens are eating?

For further reading on the socialization of food, see my article 'Food is not a Private Matter'
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