“Michelle Obama: ‘Competitive Foods’ in School Should Be Limited”
Competition — be it in the marketplace of ideas or in speech or even in certain sectors of the economy (think health care) — is just so…messy. Much like liberty.
And the reason is, once the technocrats and central planners have done their Google homework and learned everything there is to know about, eg., nutrition, or global climate change, then there really is no reason to pretend to consider other views. That is, once our betters have hit on the correct solution to a problem — and have decided how to implement the most efficient fix for said problem — competition just gets in the way of the speed and momentum of the fix.
Because people, you see, can choose incorrectly, or make mistakes, or disagree without having done the requisite Google searching or Oprah watching to learn, for instance, the fine art of fundamental nutrition calibration and implementation for all children, everywhere, at all times. And when families or the home environment — which isn’t controlled completely yet by the government in terms of what choices are available to them (lightbulbs and shower heads have been taken care of, thank goodness, but what goes in the fridge or pantry? Why, it’s like the wild west filled with Snowballs and Fruity Pebbles out there!) — work at odds with the plans of those who know best (and we know they know best because they managed to Marry a Marxist President), then we have competition that is, in effect, elevating a negligible bit of freedom over the health and safety and welfare of our children.
Who are the future, I don’t need to remind you.
So let me ask an uncomfortable question that problematizes the entire mythos of the American ideal: do we really need all these so-called liberties when, in exchange for surrendering some of them, we no longer have to shoulder the burden of responsibility, and we have the added extra bonus of letting the smart political set do our thinking and planning for us?
Think of all the extra time playing World of Warcraft we’ll have!
Just, you know. Mull it over. It’s all we ask. For now.