Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Concern troll is only concerned about your health, or: Be careful what you wish for.

The latest favor that the nanny-statists are doing for us is the war on obesity. Apparently, since we cannot be trusted to make the appropriate choices over our own bodies, the government needs to step in to prod and in some cases force us to do the right thing.

In addition to the basic issue of overriding people's choices over their own bodies, the war on obesity presents the further issue that we cannot empower government to do only what one side wants it to so. Homophobes love to trot out health concerns as a pretext for wanting to deny LGBT people the equal protection of the laws, and opponents of abortion rights engage in similar concern trolling about breast cancer.

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