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Capitalism and Fast Food: Delicious Bedfellows

mises.ca / by Logan Albright / February 18th, 2014

The World Health Organization has released a lovely little report on the effects of economic deregulation on the consumption of fast food and the average Body Mass Index (BMI) of citizens. To the surprise of no one, the nutrition police are celebrating the findings that more freedom leads to more food and higher BMI as evidence both for the evils of McDonald’s and of capitalism itself.

Of course, to rational people, the result should exactly the opposite reaction. Far from being a blight on world health, economic freedom should be praised for the fact that it allows such abundance to flourish in a world that was once defined by poverty and starvation. Fast food, as its detractors are swift to point out, is quick, cheap and high-calorie. The only world in which these could possibly be considered bad qualities is the upside down land of privilege inhabited by rich liberals.

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