I recently heard the radio advertisement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The tagline is “we know what’s best”.
How creepy. Worse, the supposed experts — NOT — suffer from the fatal conceit as explained by Friedrich A. Hayek. Here’s an appropriate quote from the book:
“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”
Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY):
“This suspect product has no clear health value,” he said in a statement. “I can’t think of a single parent who thinks it is a good idea for their children to be snorting over-the-counter stimulants up their noses.”
Senator, that’s not a good enough reason. Not every product or service must meet your enfeebled, limited imagination and memory. Interestingly, the good Senator is pro-choice on the abortion issue, so I’ll remind him of their universal mantra: it’s our body, and their our kids.