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March 25, 2013 - 2:35 pm
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Conly absolves us all from personal responsibility, blaming the way our brains work for our shortcomings:

Research by psychologists and behavioral economists, including the Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Kahneman and his research partner Amos Tversky, identified a number of areas in which we fairly dependably fail. They call such a tendency a “cognitive bias,” and there are many of them — a lot of ways in which our own minds trip us up.

For example, we suffer from an optimism bias, that is we tend to think that however likely a bad thing is to happen to most people in our situation, it’s less likely to happen to us — not for any particular reason, but because we’re irrationally optimistic. Because of our “present bias,” when we need to take a small, easy step to bring about some future good, we fail to do it, not because we’ve decided it’s a bad idea, but because we procrastinate.

It isn’t so much the loss of freedom as it is the gain for those who wish to control us. One more small chink in the wall. One more drip from the leaky faucet. And the soothing words of Dr. Conly, and those like her, telling us not to worry, to go back to sleep, it was only a nightmare.

Of course, what people fear is that this is just the beginning: today it’s soda, tomorrow it’s the guy standing behind you making you eat your broccoli, floss your teeth, and watch “PBS NewsHour” every day. What this ignores is that successful paternalistic laws are done on the basis of a cost-benefit analysis: if it’s too painful, it’s not a good law. Making these analyses is something the government has the resources to do, just as now it sets automobile construction standards while considering both the need for affordability and the desire for safety.

Do we care so much about our health that we want to be forced to go to aerobics every day and give up all meat, sugar and salt? No. But in this case, it’s some extra soda. Banning a law on the grounds that it might lead to worse laws would mean we could have no laws whatsoever.

Is it possible that Conly is an alien who doesn’t know much about human beings? Paternalistic government never works, always overreaches, and will take away as much of our freedom as it can possibly get away with — cost-benefit analysis be damned. It is not about making the lives of people better. It is not about helping them make better decisions. It is not about anything good, or compassionate, or worthy or liberal. It is about control. If you want a “bias” to go along with those others, then Conly should add “control bias” as part of the brain’s autonomous functions.

There are some people with whom you want to sit down, talk with softly but passionately, and try to steer back to the path of rationality and logic.

Then there are people like the professor here for which you halfway wish the Spanish Inquisition was still in operation so that logic and rationality could be imposed in a slightly more vigorous manner. Clearly, this woman has ditched her true calling. She was born to be a slave, happy in bondage, grateful in servitude, and content in her groveling peonage.

Thankfully, Sam Adams wrote about characters like Ms. Conley and told them exactly where to go:

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I agree that this specific policy is wrong-headed, both because of a horribly arbitrary implementation (half of all establishments, like convenience stores, get exceptions, in that they can still sell pre-packaged sodas in large bottles, etc) and because it interferes with individual freedoms.

However, there is a legitimate issue here -- obesity has, in fact, reached epidemic proportions. Statistically, obese people have far more chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, etc). The obese (again, statistically) consume significantly more health care than most of the population, and they expect everyone else to pay for it.

It is a serious, legitimate problem. The higher the percentage of the population becomes obese, the more money gets taken out of *MY* pocket to subsidize their healthcare!

At what point do I get to say "enough? When *your* bad lifestyle choices start to cost me money (and I have to pay for them), shouldn't I be able to start dictating that you make healthier choices?


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Apparently nothing whatsoever was learned from Prohibition. That was a long time ago anyway.
Speaking of a long time ago, they used to give "Common Scolds" a ride on the Dunking Chair. In Bloomberg's case (and Prof. Conly, too), instead of dunking in a pond, these buffoons should be dunked into a giant pool of Coca Cola. We can charge them with being Uncommon Scolds.
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The professor would likely have been a Nazi collaborator had she lived in the Holocaust era. The same is apparent for the Bloomberg dope.
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She was not born to be a slave, she sees herself as the enlightened, destined to rule. She sees me as the slave to her superior thought.
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Everything in politics, government and religion is about 'control' over people and systems of judicial, economies, commerce, etc., and if thats not enough, common people strive 24/7 to control others minds and actions these days.
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Sounds like that Worthless C--T of a professor lost her job at Moscow university back in the day.
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Great post, Rick. Your conclusion had me cheering.
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“...certain times we should infringe on your freedom,..." Well that's damn mature of him. I notice he graduated with a masters in 1966, and no mention of any military history in his Wike. bio. So, Bloomberger, what was your draft status? 4f? 1a? Did you hang out in the Peace Corp so your freedom would not be infringed by conscription? Are you a chicken hawk?
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Wow. I'm surprised to read this. I had assumed that since you favor elite-D.C. (cave on everything) control of the GOP, that you would naturally back Bloomberg. Or are you just stringing us along, Rick?
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Conly states, “Making these analyses is something the government has the resources to do, just as now it sets automobile construction standards while considering both the need for affordability and the desire for safety.”

Some government mandates have been positive. High-back and stronger constructed seats, that help prevent whiplash injury, and seatbelts come to mind. But does the good doctor ignore the problems associated with the government’s interference with domestic energy production which it tries to mitigate with C.A.F.E standards that results in the production of lighter and more fragile vehicles that contributes to several thousand otherwise preventable deaths annually? Sure she does because she couldn’t care less.

Then there is the government’s outlawing of even the prudent use of DDT which results in tens of thousands of needless deaths annually due to malaria. Oops! But it did bring in tons of political donations from the greenies. See? There’s always a positive side.

I believe I see Dr. Conly’s elitist mindset which goes something like this. Sometimes we may get it right and we will never let you forget those times. But when we get it wrong and it kills you then there must be someone else who is at fault. That’s why you need us…to protect you from the evil “someone else”.

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