A persistent theme in my topics lately has been the hypocrisy and rank dishonesty of corporations and their spokesman, such as when they insist on the standard of personal responsibility, but refuse to take the same responsibility for their own actions.
On my way to another installment of that, I really want to ask: Why aren’t more people — most people! — offended when they are lied to and manipulated? Most people are, when they realize it, but somehow, when corporations do it ... all the time, it’s just business as normal.
The example of duplicity perpetrated by Big Food came to me while I was reading the Wall Street Journal’s recent debate on government’s role in curbing obesity. Speakers were food-policy doyen Marion Nestle, brilliant Cornell researcher Brian Wansink, and Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. It’s a decent discussion.
Anyway, when corporations and their mouthpieces argue for personal responsibility as the standard for conduct, almost always they are arguing against government intervention.
And yet, refined sugar is probably the most government-funded products in America, between sugar-cane price protections and subsidies for corn that becomes high fructose corn syrup.
They’re against government involvement, except when they’re for it.
Why does this not piss off every eater in America?