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There is an interesting discussion going on at the Becker-Posner blog about obesity abatement. Richard Posner talks about the NY ordinance requiring that calorie counts of food be prominently labeled fast food restaurants: The significance of the New York City ordinance lies in its requiring that calorie numbers be printed next to the food items…

I wrote about my skepticism about libertarian paternalism before. Here is some more skepticism. Glen Whitman writes about one type of policy advocated by libertarian paternalists — the opt-out program. In opt-out programs, you are enrolled in what the government says you should do — such as a savings account — unless you specifically say…

Libertarian Paternalism?

Ilya Somin from the Volokh Conspiracy has this post on a resurgent paternalism — using as its justification new findings from behavioral economics: “Libertarian Paternalism” is all the rage in law and economics circles these days. To slightly oversimplify, libertarian paternalists claim that people systematically make mistakes as a result of cognitive errors and biases.…

Anti-poker crusade is just ridiculous

I am not really that into online poker; I lack the patience to be truly great at poker. However, I have several friends that swear by it, and we were all quite annoyed when Congress decided to attach a ban on transfers to online gambling companies in a rider to a port security bill last…

This will never end. Ever. There will always be some yo-yo who feels it necessary to protect me from reality: First it was cell phones in cars, then trans fats. Now, a new plan is on the table to ban gadget use while crossing city streets. We all seem to have one — an iPod,…