Here’s the underlying question to 32 oz sugary drinks and all kinds of other issues: are there valid reasons for being told what to do when it will serve the greater good? Put another way, what’s all the fuss about Bloomberg’s attempt to impose a ban on large “sugary drinks?”
It’s a really, really cultural thing. Americans resist being told what to do like it was the bubonic plague. It’s in our DNA. But surprisingly, the majority of world cultures don’t have a knee-jerk response to regularly being told what to do. Even our good friends, the Canadians, are far less resistant to nanny than us Americans.
So, the gloriously redneck—and mean--state of Mississippi has passed a ban on bans—its cities cannot place restrictions of any sort of food or drink.
But as Sarah Conly of Bowdoin has noted in The nanny state: why we need it, it’s not about soda.