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Food Totalitarians on Parade
Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 28, 2011 | Chuck Roger

Posted on 07/29/2011 1:06:33 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Within the last few years, we have been treated to attempts by government to control our food intake with regulatory “nudges” and legislative edicts. Sugar, salt, trans-fats, fats in general, fast foods, and school lunches are just a few ingredients and food types which have come under assault by sanctimonious busybodies seeking to dictate “healthy” eating to everyone.

New York Times food writer  provides the latest in we-know-what’s-best-for-you babble. In a Times op-ed, Bittman complains, “WHAT will it take to get Americans to change our eating habits?”

The question itself makes a fundamentally flawed assumption and exhibits arrogance. Why is it anyone’s job to “get Americans to change [their] eating habits?” By posing the question in the first place, Bittman implicitly considers himself to be among a select minority tasked with providing guidance to the majority.

It doesn’t take long for Bittman to shift the blame for unhealthy eating habits from eaters to providers of that which is eaten. Only six sentences into the article, he laments that “the food industry appears incapable of marketing healthier foods.”

The statement exhibits an elemental misunderstanding of human nature and sound business practice–knowledge voids common to food totalitarians. In fact, Bittman gets cause and effect bass-ackwards. Successful businesses comprehend people’s desires and market products designed to satisfy those desires. But our food writer thinks that clever advertising can alter human biology, that 175,000 years of DNA-programmed craving for calorie- and taste-laden fats can be erased from Homo sapiens. TV commercials featuring impossibly slender, scantily-clad carrots will entice the masses to give up Whoppers and Big Macs and clamor for the sensual mouth-feel of Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

How does Bittman propose to convince America to eat more healthily? He gets specific:

The average American consumes 44.7 gallons of soft drinks annually. (Although that includes diet sodas, it does not include noncarbonated sweetened beverages, which add up to at least 17 gallons a person per year.) Sweetened drinks could be taxed at 2 cents per ounce, so a six-pack of Pepsi would cost $1.44 more than it does now. An equivalent tax on fries might be 50 cents per serving; a quarter extra for a doughnut.

Bittman exclaims, “It’s fun–inspiring, even–to think about implementing a program like this.”

But who will decide which foods are healthy and which foods are not? Who will set the penalties for eating the wrong stuff? Bittman supplies the answer.

We have experts who can figure out how “bad” a food should be to qualify, and what the rate should be; right now they’re busy calculating ethanol subsidies. Diet sodas would not be taxed.

Ah, there it is, “the vision of the anointed,” to use Thomas Sowell’s words. Sowell points out that self-anointed visionaries, who see a mostly dumb humanity as moldable by a smart few, assign themselves “a special state of grace.” In fact, “Those who accept this vision are deemed to be not merely factually correct but morally on a higher plane.”1 Sowell expands further, for implicit in the vision of the anointed,

…is the notion that the potential is very different from the actual, and that means exist to improve human nature toward its potential, or that such means can be evolved or discovered, so that man will do the right thing for the right reason, rather than for ulterior psychic or economic rewards.2

To food totalitarians, the “right thing” is the consumption of foods specified by “experts.” The “right reason” is because food totalitarians decree that their decree is infallible.

Here we have the folly of big-government liberalism on grand display. How long before some starry-eyed but angry-faced Democrat proposes legislation to force “healthy food” advertising? Food totalitarians think that human nature can be remolded by anointed administrators using food rules concocted by anointed experts, that “psychic or economic rewards” can be rendered irrelevant, that humans will then crave organic beet juice and bean sprouts instead of beer and hot dogs. Liberals think that the impossible can be willed into existence by force of law.

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1 Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed, Basic Books, 1995, pp.2-3.

2 Thomas Sowell, A Conflict of Visions, Basic Books, 2007, p. 18.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bans; cheeseburgerparadise; foodpolice; fries4moochelle; health; humannature; liberals; markbittman; moribs4moochelle; nannystate; newyorktimes; salt; soda; sugar; taxes; thomassowell; transfats; wagya4only100pound

1 posted on 07/29/2011 1:06:37 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Red_Devil 232; Kartographer

ping for the Gardening and Prepper lists....


2 posted on 07/29/2011 1:17:14 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Bittman’s a douche.


3 posted on 07/29/2011 1:20:21 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam

I am reminded of a joke:

A man and woman in their late nineties die, and go to heaven, it is a wonderful place and are having the time of their eternal life. The man looks at the woman and says “if you hadn’t made me eat those horrible health foods, and disgusting tofu, I could have been here years sooner.”


4 posted on 07/29/2011 1:22:52 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Oratam

That’s an insult to douches.


5 posted on 07/29/2011 1:41:32 PM PDT by Augie
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Just replace the word food with "tobacco products", and the food industrties with "tobacco industry" and you can see how easily these totalitarians can control our very lives.

Yes, they are coming for YOUR vice. Bwahahaha

6 posted on 07/29/2011 1:47:04 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Just replace the word food with "tobacco products", and the food industries with "tobacco industry" and you can see how easily these totalitarians can control our very lives.

Yes, they are coming for YOUR vice. Bwahahaha

7 posted on 07/29/2011 1:47:38 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Organic ribs.. Mmmm...Mmmm...Mmmm...


8 posted on 07/29/2011 1:58:36 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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9 posted on 07/29/2011 2:44:35 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . Fat & Furious - Burger & Fries Queen*s 1700+ calorie lunches . . . . .)
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To: Iron Munro

What’s Michelle eating? House cat?


10 posted on 07/29/2011 2:44:48 PM PDT by SoCal SoCon (Yesterday Argentina, Today Greece, Tomorrow America)
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To: devolve

That’s just sick.....

;^)


11 posted on 07/29/2011 2:55:26 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam. Freedom for mankind.")
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To: Augie; Oratam

That’s right. Douches have a cleansing function. These people are just obnoxious.


12 posted on 07/29/2011 2:59:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Almost forgot:

Nanny State PING!


13 posted on 07/29/2011 3:01:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: KittenClaws

As a smoker who never had a weight problem I am thrilled about this.

Let them overtax someone else for a change.

Will it now be acceptable to make comments to complete strangers about their eating habits,as it has been done to smokers for years? The answer is probably yes.

Looks like I’m in for some fun.


14 posted on 07/29/2011 3:57:57 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
In a Times op-ed, Bittman complains, “WHAT will it take to get Americans to change our eating habits?”

Why not just do what all communist regimes have done? Tax them mercilessly. Drive them into poverty, then into the streets. Seize their assets. Round them up. Shoot them. Beat them. Starve them. Destroy them. They are not agreeing with the group - what possible rights can they have?

The question, Mark Bittman, is what are you willing to do for the group? Will you shy away from your duty, or will you vote for the Health Gestapo to have full enforcement power? Will you turn away, or turn in your neighbor, for the needs of all? What will you do, Mark Bitmann? Are you willing to stand in the blood of millions, like your communist forefathers, for the greater glory of humanity? Are you willing to do what needs to be done? Or will you hide away in cowardice, and refuse to destroy those who refuse to obey the needs of the many? What are YOU willing to do, Mark Bittman?

15 posted on 07/29/2011 5:07:58 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: SoCal SoCon

“What’s Michelle eating? House cat?”

I thought it was a rack of brontosaurus ribs.


16 posted on 07/29/2011 5:51:05 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Mears
Looks like I’m in for some fun.

With you! Sideline, though, as a fellow smoker (along with wifey)....road trips are gettin' tough. If you're just toodling around the country with no reservations such as we wrapped up last week, finding 'smoker friendly' accomodations is turning out to be a real bitch.

The entire "Choice Hotels" chain is now smoke-free, and we've come across two cities (Rapid City, SD and Salina, KS) that actually have deemed ALL their lodging to refuse puffers.

17 posted on 07/29/2011 5:57:34 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“WHAT will it take to get Americans to change our eating habits?”

Au contraire! WHAT will it take till you finally learn it's NOYFB??!! Your head on a pike?

18 posted on 07/29/2011 6:05:57 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The statement exhibits an elemental misunderstanding of human nature and sound business practice–knowledge voids common to food totalitarians.

There was an extra word in that sentence.

19 posted on 07/29/2011 6:07:39 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Bittman exclaims, “It’s fun–inspiring, even–to think about implementing a program like this.”

It is? Makes me wanna puke. Methinks Buttman's a totalitarian. When, OH WHEN will we learn it's bad to put our penises in other men's rectums? Must be the condom mfgr's fault.

20 posted on 07/29/2011 6:10:08 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Mears

I can’t blame you for the schadenfreude.

If I had a dollar for every 300 pound heffer, who waived their sausagelike fingers in front of her face to blow away my cigarette smoke and then dove back into her plate of nachos grande, we could pay off the 14 trillion federal debt.


21 posted on 07/29/2011 6:16:54 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: Mears
As a smoker who never had a weight problem I am thrilled about this.

Let them overtax someone else for a change.

Will it now be acceptable to make comments to complete strangers about their eating habits,as it has been done to smokers for years? The answer is probably yes.

Looks like I’m in for some fun.

Yep. Smokers were a good place for the communist/socialists to start. Everyone hates a smoker.

Guess they did not think about the door they were opening.

But now that they have the stinky, smelly, child-killing smokers in line, they need another cause.

22 posted on 07/29/2011 6:52:42 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Smoking is even banned in most of Europe.

The entire thing is insanity.

Your trip sounds great,I’ve never visited The Dakotas,Kansas,or Nebraska. Maybe someday.


23 posted on 07/29/2011 8:54:15 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears; Eric Blair 2084

Somebody comes up to me and makes derogatory comments about my eating habits, I’ll tell him to suck my b*lls.


24 posted on 07/30/2011 3:59:17 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Mears

They’re getting it next. We’ve been telling them for YEARS now. What is so hard to understand? We knew it was never about health, and they’re gonna by God find a way to keep the tax money rolling in. That’s what it has always been about. That, and control.


25 posted on 07/30/2011 11:51:28 AM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither; GUN CONTROL= SLAVERY)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“-——— I’ll tell him to suck my b*lls.”


Just make sure they are trans-fat free.


26 posted on 07/30/2011 5:02:42 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

Germany has some experience with smoking bans. That’s why the prisoners were so grateful for a cig - weren’t allowed to have them in the Wehrmacht. Fuhrer didn’t like them.


27 posted on 08/01/2011 12:58:07 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Nuts; A house divided against itself cannot stand.)
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