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Pushy Rules

July 7, 2010 8:03:05.021

San Francisco is starting to sound like an unpleasant place to visit:

The San Francisco policy, the result of an executive order from Mayor Gavin Newsom, dictates vending machines on city property can no longer dispense Coke, Pepsi and other calorically sweetened beverages. Sports drinks and artificially sweetened water also are included in the ban.

The problem is this - as these sorts of well intentioned rules multiply, you slowly slide into a pit of soft despotism. Combined with the mania for policy over judgment, it's a recipe for an utterly non-functional society.

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posted by James Robertson

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