Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Young Turks: Video: NYC Soda Ban: Kills Minority Businesses?: Why The Soda Ban is Anti-Freedom and Small Business



If you are going to ban soda and pop in general because its bad for people, then we should do this across the board. Because we as a society have decided that we don't want to live in a perfectly safe world without risk involved. That we live in a Liberal Democracy that comes with a lot of personal freedom including the freedom. To drink soda and eat junk food but also smoke tobacco or get drunk because we as a country have a large market. If not the biggest market in the World as far as size and the number of people who can afford these products. Is soda bad for you, of course it is but you can go down the line and single out products that are not only bad for people. But in some cases even worse and singling out just one and letting all the other business's off. The hook that produce unhealthy products is not only anti freedom because you are again preventing people from being. Able to make this choice for them self as far as what they put into their body but its also anti competition. Because you are leaving other business's and industries that produce unhealthy products off the hook.

We do have healthcare problems in this country and a lot of them have to do with the fact that we don't take care of ourselves very well as a country. And we pass down a lot of our healthcare costs to other people because we can't afford our own healthcare bills. So others end up being left with the tab we created and this problem has to be addressed. But prohibition and limiting freedom of choice in this country is not the way we do it. What we should be doing instead is having the people who choose to live unhealthy be forced to cover their own healthcare costs. Up front though things like taxation, having a tax for junk food and drink but also cover. Alcohol and tobacco as well and these people pay the price financially for living unhealthy. And giving that money to hospitals and doctors who get stuck providing uncompensated care.

Jack Hammond: Students For a Democratic Society- To Change The World


Source: Jack Hammond- The 1960s New-Left-
Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal

I actually believe as a current affairs blogger that todays Occupy Wall Street movement was born in the 1960s as part of what was called the New-Left. Because if you look at where Students For a Democratic Society were for back then and what they are trying to accomplish then and today, the end of war and that basically means all war, this movement is exactly what a person whose called a dove looks like and is. A dove is someone who tends to take a soft approach when it comes to areas like national security and foreign policy. Law enforcement, areas where government sometimes involves itself in the personal lives of individuals.

Doves were around pre-1965, but they really came alive in the 1960s with the Baby Boom Generation. And some of their kids today that is part of the New-Left who actually grew up, are part of the Occupy Wall Street movement today that’s again anti-war period. But also believes in things that Social Democrats call social justice. Creating an economic system that of course is government based that would work to see that there’s economic equality throughout the country. That no one has too much and no one has too little.

Pre-1965 or so even Progressives in the Democratic Party were cold warriors. People who were anti-communism and authoritarianism across the board. But progressive to socialist on economic policy. President’s Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson all come to mind. And there were the so-called doves in the party that became the New-Left. The Henry Wallace’s of the world, but they weren’t as vocal and didn’t have the numbers that the Liberals, Social Democrats and Conservatives even back then.

The Democratic Party did have a right-wing, but this all started to change in 1965-66 and so did the Democratic Party. The New-Left emerges and became what I and others call the Far-Left of the Democratic Party. People who are more socialist on economic policy, but non-interventionist across the board when it comes to national security, foreign policy and law enforcement. “That force and violence are never an answer and can never be a replacement for reason and understanding.”

Today thanks to the New-Left the Democratic Party is still a very diverse political party. And one of the reasons why we are the largest political party in America if not the world. Because we represent so much of the country, but we are a mixture of Liberal Democrats such as myself, Social Democrats, people who tend to be called Progressives, socialist on economic policy, but again dovish or soft in areas like national security and law enforcement to use as examples. And then we have Centrist Democrats, or people who are Moderate Liberals and that all happened as the New-Left emerged in the 1960s. That makes up what we see from Occupy Wall Street today.
Jack Hammond: Vietnam War- Students For a Democratic Society