Saturday, March 26, 2005
Our Newest Op Ed- By Rudy Takala
- By Rudy Takala
The legitimacy of certain performance-enhancing drugs has recently been a popular subject in the news, crusaders of government action as usual asserting the beneficial effects that regulation will have on "the children."
"Children" have a tendency to idolize baseball players, they say, and because some of the practices baseball players partake in have a bad effect on their health, those practices must be prohibited. The possibility of children idolizing harmful practices is the case most frequently made in favor of steroid regulation.
If that argument prevails, of course, future bans will inevitably come to prohibit sport figures from consuming similar products, such as tobacco. The values of socialism hold the length of life to be more valuable than the quality of life, and the adherents of socialism feel a compelling need to instill those values into children. Because many may not agree, the only means by which they can create a people homogenous in its condemnation of such things is by using government to induce them through force. There is indeed more at stake in this debate than the simple regulation of steroids; the future disposition of government towards all products and practices detrimental to one's health is at stake .........
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