We are incapable of thinking for ourselves…

…especially when it comes to our eating habits.  So, the government has to make them for us.  The students of Southmoore High School (and indeed, all the schools here) got a harsh but clear lesson today: meddling government makes things worse.

There was mass pandemonium today as teacher and student alike realized that junk food would no longer be easily obtained on campus. (By mass pandemonium, I mean that a bunch of people complained.)  All good foods were either downsized or removed all together from school vending machines and teacher-vendors.

Do people need to lay off junk food? That isn’t for me, and especially not for governments, to decide.  But this little adventure has far more reaching implications than just the regrettable loss of junk food.

Many teacher-sponsors of extra curricular activities fund those activities by snack and drink sales. Bought in bulk and sold for a profit, the sale of sodas, candies, and chips help immensely in the funding for clubs and sports.  An arrangement where everyone wins.  The members of the activities don’t have to bear as much of the expenses, and the buyer can get his favorite processed junk foods in a most convenient manner.

Yes, here is a great example of what happens when government interferes “for our own good.”  I am told, if school or teacher is caught selling this contraband, the district may lose funding, the school will lose funding, the teacher will be terminated and quite possibly, the administrator as well.  But remember, this is supposed to be for the betterment of society.

The funny part of this is, it won’t help, it only hurts.  People will get junk food no matter what.  Short of banning it altogether (which seems to work so well with drugs these days) we’re still Americans; which means we’ll stuff our face with doritos and guzzle down coke, no matter where it comes from.  In the end, however, activity funding is hurt, and teachers will indeed struggle to make up for it.  What are they supposed to sell? Apples?

And in a way, this is a perfect microcosm of the full market.  When there is freedom there are many choices, which benefit all involved; when government interferes and begins to regulate, no matter it’s motivation, choices are few and limited.

Now if we were to privatize the school system, we wouldn’t have to deal with these little absurdities.  That’s for another article. Your thoughts, as always, deeply appreciated by the owner of this place.-


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