Readers will be aware of the war on junk food. We think, for instance, of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s unsuccessful attempt to ban large soft drinks from the city, the FDA’s ban on trans fats, and the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that fast food chains prominently display calorie information.
The Scrapbook regards these and related efforts with slight distaste, feeling as we do that government fails to meet so many of its most basic responsibilities that it forfeits the right to tell citizens what they can eat. But it could be worse. Compared to what the Chilean government