Daniel Drezner opines on Hardee’s Monster Thickburger, a foodstuff that is to burgers what John Holmes was to male genitalia. And of couese, the health mullahs are reacting with the usual breathless idiocy:
“This is the epitome of corporate irresponsibility, marketing this kind of junk,” said Michael Jacobson, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “We call this kind of product food porn.”
Food porn? I thought that usually involved zuchini and… um, never mind. In all seriousness, so what? Yes, this burger is monstrously unhealthy. But the last time I checked so was eating a plate of fudge, smoking a few cigarettes, and licking that sweet, sweet puddle of spilled antifreeze on the garage floor. And by God, if you want to do any of those things, the Center for Pseudoscience in the Interest of Scaring the Crap out of People should butt the hell out of it.
This is another example of nanny-statism on the micro level. The slow erosion of freedom in the name of someone else’s prurient interests is just as much as a feature of the left as it is of the right. From California’s asinine ban on smoking in bars (as if drinking cheap booze and trying to hop in the sack with some floozy who undoubtedly has more diseases than a CDC lab weren’t unhealthy enough) to the environmentalist lobby dictating what cars we should drive, we’re only seeing the natural progression of what happens when a society starts accepting that State Knows Best. After all, if we accept that people are just too dumb to save for their retirements, it’s not much a step to say that people are dumb enough that a picture of a juicy burger will leave them as mind-numbed zombies shambling through the streets moaning “beeeeefff…. beeeeeeeefffffffff!”
Of course, that’s why the whole concept of personal responsibility comes in. The idea that the state has the job of liberating us from making bad choices stands in direct contrast to the whole concept of government in this country — a concept that can be distilled into one simple maxim: “leave me the hell alone.”
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have this strange craving for a nice juicy burger…