Washington Examiner, Gene Healey, “The coming low-sodium dystopia”
In a 1997 Cato study criticizing trial lawyers’ efforts to hold tobacco companies liable for the choices of individual smokers, my colleague Bob Levy closed by deploying the much-derided “slippery slope” argument.
“What’s next?” he asked-raising the specter of an American nanny state devoted to protecting us from soft drinks, red meat, and fast foods. More than a decade later, Levy’s nightmare looks pretty plausible.
Gene, a vice president at Cato, mentions the great science fiction movies “Bladerunner” and “Fahrenheit 451” in his previews of dystopia.
How could he have missed “Demolition Man?”
UPDATE (11:15 a.m.): L.A. Times, “Happy Meal toys could be banned in Santa Clara County“:
Convinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that often come with high-calorie offerings.
It will have to be in the sequel: “Toy Story V: The Purge”
(Hat tip: Rob at SayAnythingBlog, which has a nice new look.)