I like chocolate. But too much could kill you, give you diabetes, or give you an upset stomach. But it is my choice. And the decision should rest with me.
If you talk to NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg, he thinks differently. He doesn’t think you can decide for yourself, so he wants government to ban 16 ounce soft drinks at essentially all restaurants, movie theaters, vendor carts, etc.
The same with Huntington Beach and grocery bags. And what about McDonald’s Happy Meal prizes being banned? Since when does government make better decisions than you or me?
“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” From C.S. Lewis “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment”