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Quote 876

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.

Competence to make our decisions

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