Are You Really Free? The Food Edition

This is a series of articles (sourced from around the web) that aim to show the extension of the State and its power over you.

Ebola? Sure, bring it on over….Cheese? Get that dangerous substance out of here!  The FDA has banned the sale or import of seven different cheeses – for your safety, of course.  While some of the cheeses sound downright terrifying (live maggots are used in the making of Casu Marzu), others are pretty benign.  Most of the cheeses in their authentic form use raw milk, which is likely why the FDA has decided to prohibit consenting consumers from purchasing the offensive snack.  Regardless, banning cheese is a pretty good indicator that you don’t have the freedom to eat what you choose.  Which should be one of those basic freedoms inherent to all humans, you know?

Dangerous cheese

Dangerous cheese

Speaking of raw milk…did you know that the sale of it for human consumption is banned in 17 states?  And the remaining states aren’t so hot, either – some of them permit only sheep or goat milk to be sold raw, or require a doctor’s prescription.  Even if you believe that pasteurization is a great thing for milk, what’s the harm in letting your neighbor drink the sort of milk that he wants to?  The point here is that raw milk laws infringe on individual freedom in a very basic way – by preventing a voluntary exchange that causes no harm to others.  When you factor in the SWAT raids that have been used to entrap Amish farmers or raid farmer’s markets, it becomes much clearer that milk has been politicized in a very dangerous way.  There is pretty much NO excuse for armed men in body armor to be threatening life and limb over cow milk (believe me, it was awkward just to type that sentence).

And last – the infamous New York soda ban.  Thankfully, the city’s proposal was recently struck down by the State Court of Appeals, but the fact that it passed in the first place is a massive overreach.  I’m not here to extol the health benefits of soda (are there any?), and it makes sense that soda contributes to obesity.  Someone else’s obesity is not a problem, however…unless you have to pay for their health care.  Perhaps now we begin to see the intention behind banning a certain kind of drink; sodas are not the problem so much as the state of health care in America.

The main point to remember is that when the state decides which substances you can or cannot ingest, it is asserting a claim on your life that is not legitimate.  End of story.

4 thoughts on “Are You Really Free? The Food Edition

  1. Reblogged this on Libertarian Hippie and commented:
    “Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.” (Often paraphrased as): “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” ~Thomas Jefferson, 1781


    • Thanks for the comment and share! You’re absolutely right – the government regulating what we do to our bodies implies that we no longer own our lives/justly acquired property. Rothbard’s explanation of self-ownership is the one that spoke to me most, and it’s the foundational concept underlying the non-aggression principle. Government food regulations for our ‘safety’ is just an outward symptom of the belief that you don’t really own yourself.


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