14

Mar

2013

New York City Answers: Soda Restrictions and Paternalism

 
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Soda Restrictions and Paternalism

We’ve been talking about the paternalistic NYC soda restrictions on the Cambridge Book Club for a while now, and with a judge declaring them invalid just a day before they went into effect, the conversation is really heating up. We asked people in Cambridge University Press’s Manhattan office how they felt about the ban that would have affected them.

 

Now that we’ve heard from the expert authors of Paternalism: Theory and Practice and Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism, we asked people in Cambridge University Press’s Manhattan office how they felt about the ban that would have affected them (admittedly, we did this before it was invalidated—but their answers are still interesting!). Watch the video below, and tell us what you think.

Is Bloomberg’s initiative as “arbitrary and capricious” as the court claims? Is it an unnecessary violation of our freedom to choose? Or are obesity and diabetes such major problems that we need the mayor to protect us from ourselves? Tell us what you think below or by using the Twitter hashtag #cambridgeideas.

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