The Ethics of Paternalism

Imagine that you are a policy maker trying to reduce the consumption of soda. Because it’s unhealthy, you’d like to discourage the people in your community from drinking too much of it. You could put up posters explaining that it’s unhealthy to drink soda, make shops display soda in hard-to-reach places, introduce a soda tax or make it illegal for shops to sell soda. On the other hand, some of your colleagues might be telling you that if people want to drink soda, it’s not your place to stop them. ….[READ]

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