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Money grows on corn.

The Coca Cola company vowed that they would never change their original cola formula.  Yet, in 1984 they substituted high fructose corn syrup for sugar.   Sugar tastes better than corn syrup, so why the switch?  The government forced them to.

Not directly, of course.  The government simply forced up the price of sugar and pushed down the price of corn syrup.  Then companies like Coca Cola and Pepsi responded.  What’s the proof?  They still use sugar in every other country.

As an aside, let me point out that the government also prevents Coca Cola from putting cocaine in their beverages the way they used to.  People should be free to buy or sell cocaine laced soft drinks if they want to, but that is a matter for another post.

Anyway, it would have been bad enough if the government had simply passed a law forcing companies to use corn syrup instead of sugar.  Instead, they found an even more immoral way to bring about the same effect.  This plan had two parts.  The first part had the following steps:

  1. Take a bunch of money from innocent people.
  2. Keep some of the money.
  3. Give the rest to corn farmers.

The second part had these steps:

  1. Take a bunch of money from innocent people.
  2. Keep some of the money.
  3. Use the rest to suppress foreign sugar competition.

These plans might seem oddly self serving for a public benefit organization like the government.  And they are.

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Water Fluoridation

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In the movie Conspiracy Theory Mel Gibson says, “You know what they put in the water, don’t you? Fluoride! Yeah, fluoride. On the pretext that it strengthens your teeth! That’s ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought and makes you a slave to the state”.  Or take this scene from Dr. Strangelove:

Hang around the freedom movement long enough and you’ll hear someone mention water fluoridation.  This is the controlled addition of fluoride to the water supply.  So, is fluoride really added to the water supply to manipulate the population?  Or is it, as the government says, to promote healthy teeth?

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Be an Organ Donor

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The government sent me a nice, glossy advertisement telling me that it would sure be swell if I signed up to donate my organs when I die. Apparently there is a tragically short supply of organs and many people who need transplants are on waiting lists to get them.

Since shortages are only caused by government price controls, it seems a little strange for the government to ask me fix the problem.  All they need to do is remove the price control and the free market will provide all the organs people want.

In this case, the government sets the legal price of organs at zero dollars. The only people who are supplying them are those who are willing to give them away for free.

According to organdonor.gov, each day about 77 people receive organ transplants.  However, 19 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs.  The first thing that occurs to me is that the government kills 19 people each day with their price control on organs.  The second thing is that such a large number of people are getting their organs for free.  It seems likely that the remaining gap would be easily surmountable with a little bit of freedom.

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