Today’s post is written for people willing to….
- Take off their “this is what I believe to be true” caps
- Put on their “thinking” caps
[box type=”important”]For everyone who can’t resist the urge to scream FREE MARKET!!!!, I welcome your feedback, but expect to be mocked for intellectual laziness and your inability to recognize that there is no such thing as a free market. [/box]
If you doubt this statement, I suggest you try selling crystal meth & porno in front of the nearest public school to test your belief that you live in a FREE MARKET.
[box type=”note”]When I say Coca-Cola, I also mean to include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, etc into the conversation. All soda-style products[/box]
Anyway, enough with my ranting. Here’s what I want you to think about.
Should we de-legalize Coca-Cola?
All arguments are fair game. Medical, social, economic, theoretical, etc…
And just in case you’re interested in my position…
- I don’t believe that we should de-legalize Coca-Cola.
- I do believe that Coca-Cola should come with warnings similar to tobacco products
- I do believe that Coca-Cola should not be allowed to advertise to children (12 and younger???)
- I do believe that we should apply “sin taxes” to Coca-Cola and have 100% of that tax revenue be directed towards health promotion programs. These health promotion programs need to be 100% transparent to receive this money. Any remaining money is funneled into treating disease affected by Coca-Cola – diabetes, heart disease, etc.
My reasons for taking these positions are as follows…
- Coca-Cola has no nutritional benefit
- It is devoid of micro-nutrients
- It provides empty, high glycemic carb calories
- It is addictive (caffeine)
- It contributes to insulin resistance
- It contributes to type 2 diabetes
- It contributes to metabolic syndrome
- These medical conditions have a profound effect on the health of our society
- These medical conditions have a profound effect on our economic productivity
In short, Coca-Cola is a danger to both our health and our wealth.
On the other side of the ledger…
- Coca-Cola tastes good.
- We’re all grown-ups and should be allowed to make our own decisions (good and bad) without someone else telling us what to do.
And that’s how I came to my position.
- Keep Coca-Cola legal
- Tax it to offset it’s negative medical/financial impact on our society
- Restrict it’s marketing campaigns to adults