Friday, August 02, 2002

OK, one more blog today about libertarians. A neat article about libertarian ideology and health starts by defending busybodies. It argues that public health experts exhorting people not to smoke, to have a healthy diet, etc. can be consistently libertarian as long as they do not advocate regulations impinging the individual's right to engage in unhealthy activities that do not hurt others. One point I disagree on is the mandatory health warnings on cigarette packages -- the authors of the article find that restricts freedom too much, and I do not.

The article goes on to discuss the medicalization of unhealthy behaviors, the increasing tendency to see addicts as helpless, either sick or insane people. It's a little overly wordy but otherwise interesting.

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