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To tax stimulants for the sole purpose of making them more difficult to be obtained, is a measure differing only in degree from their entire prohibition; and would be justifiable only if that were justifiable. Every increase of cost is a prohibition, to those whose means do not come up to the augmented price; and to those who do, it is a penalty laid on them for gratifying a particular taste. Their choice of pleasures, and their mode of expending their income, after satisfying their legal and moral obligations to the State and to individuals, are their own concern, and must rest with their own judgment.

   --  John Stuart Mill

What is ingestion

Anything that you take into your body.

What's wrong with being protected from ingesting bad substances?

  • What's bad for a fat man to ingest might be good for an anorexic to ingest. It doesn't take personal circumstances into account?
  • Who is to judge?
  • Where does the judge get the right to do this?
  • Where is the cut-off for when something is unhelpful, and when it is bad.
  • Do the authorities take into account the positive effects of the 'bad' product.

Organ Ingestion(transplants)

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To conclude that such circumstances are inherently exploitative, one must hold that there is something intrinsically wrong or debasing in selling one’s organs, so that even if one does this freely, one has been brought to do something morally injurious to oneself. Such a conclusion is implausible, however, since the action involved in selling an organ is the same as in donating an organ.

   --  IEA

Medical demand met by Organ transplants sourced by current altruism-based policies of organ procurement are not adequate. People end up dying waiting, others endure pain and distress. Some at great costs borne by hospitals taking up resources other patients could use.

Is money is the problem in healthcare?
Surgeons, nurses, hospital administrators and staff charge significant amounts of money for access to their goods and services – large sums change hands in hospitals
Some politicians and staff, view health through a prism of socialised medicine and thus perceive all organ procurement and allocation data through such a prejudicial lens.
Innovation, even medical innovation, is frequently driven by the profit motive.

Market solutions
Allowing a market might
  • Encourage families to sell organs of deceased loved ones, rather than donate or do nothing.
  • Encourage more organ donors
  • Encourage futures contracts for money now, organs later
  • Encourage redundant organs like kidneys to be sold now
We accept the concept of paying rescuers, lie life guards, fire fighters etc.
Is it moral to obstruct someone from receiving a life saving treatment?
The market does not have to be financial, a barter market could also help.
Perhaps those families that donate, could be higher on the list for treatment.

Competence to make our decisions

Bureaucrats, who we cannot trust with safeguarding our currencies, borders, and basic amenities, are now making laws about what we may eat.