Coming Soon: Warning Labels For Alcohol and Sugar!

Coming Soon: Warning Labels For Alcohol and Sugar!




Remember how nanny state advocates promised black and blue that restrictions on tobacco were unique and would never be followed in other industries? That the slippery slope was a lie? Well, this week we saw the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse propose graphic warning labels on alcohol while in New Zealand, taxpayer funded activists from Otago University have argued that “tobacco-like warning labels on sugary drinks are needed to curb children’s habit of drinking them while playing and watching sport.” This shouldn’t be a surprise to our members,…




EVENT: Your Rights at Play

EVENT: Your Rights at Play




Between the Attorney General deciding to snoop on your online activities, the international health establishment pushing for the extinction of non-olive packaging, and the Premier suffering from an obvious, crippling fear of alcohol-related headlines, our rights at play have never been under greater threat in our lifetimes.In the face of the unrelenting march of the nanny state, please join MyChoice Australia in defending the voluntary exchange of goods and services for the purpose of amusement that forms the heart of a community.We’re lucky to welcome the following special guests and…




The Historical Roots of Plain Packaging

The Historical Roots of Plain Packaging




Reading Theodore Dalrymple’s, The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World, detailing visits to communist countries just prior to their collapse, the following passage, from his visit to Albania, struck me as particularly telling: However it is the printing and design of packaging that is most thoroughly characteristic – pathognomonic, as doctors put t – of communist manufacture. The paper or cardboard is always rough and absorbent, so that ink often sends little spidery strands through it; the calligraphy is crude and inelegant. The labels bear as little information…




The Right To Take Even Really Stupid Risks – Reason.com

The Right To Take Even Really Stupid Risks – Reason.com




A good piece from Reason.com on the right to take risks – if you accept the consequences: But to a large extent, it’s the question itself that matters the most: “What the hellam I doing?” Sooner or later most of us ask that same question. We ask it when we’re doing something foolish, or brave, or unfamiliar, and we especially ask it when the situation goes sour—when we find ourselves airborne in late-morning traffic. And if we don’t ask it of ourselves, somebody else is sure to do us the favor: “What the…




The Best Op Ed of 2013

The Best Op Ed of 2013




James Morrow writing in the Telegraph: ORDINARILY when a business decides to offer a new service to its customers the market either takes it up or not, goods and services are exchanged for money, and everyone goes on their way. But when that business is McDonald’s, and that service is home delivery, all hell breaks loose. To judge by the hysterical reaction in some quarters to the news that Macca’s North Parramatta outlet has started a home delivery service, one would think Ronald McDonald himself was prowling the suburbs, dashing…




Think Of The Children – Why We Need Plain Packaging For Politicians

Think Of The Children – Why We Need Plain Packaging For Politicians




Writing at the UK-based The Free Society, Brian Monteith has a suggestion worth serious consideration: The time is now. We cannot wait any longer. We must act immediately if we are to save the lives of countless children. We must introduce plain packaging of politicians. We know the odds are against us. They have all the resources of the state at their disposal. Their own payroll vote is massive. The legions of the NHS are larger than the armed forces – while the massed ranks of faceless bureaucrats, tax collectors, inspectors…




Private rights a public concern

Private rights a public concern




Senator Elect David Leyonhjelm has a great piece in The Land on the assault on private property rights. While much of the public debate regarding the assault on private property rights focuses upon environmental regulation, a similar case exists when it comes to the nanny state, which David sets out excellently: An issue that has raised few property rights concerns, notwithstanding its implications, is the introduction of plain packaging of cigarettes. This legislation, supported by both sides of politics, has largely destroyed the brands of the tobacco companies, which are highly…




The Lifestyle Tax Attack On The Poor

The Lifestyle Tax Attack On The Poor




Those on the left often loudly preach their self-proclaimed moral virtues and how they care about the poor. However, when it comes to lifestyle taxes, which undoubtedly have the greatest impact upon the poorest demographics out of any type of taxation, they are not only silent – they loudly champion them! The fact that the left’s pet causes always trump the cost of living is not particularly surprising. The always-brilliant Dr Julie Novak from the IPA released a detailed report on this issue last year, and, yesterday, a new paper…




The Plain Packaging Study They Didn’t Want You To See

The Plain Packaging Study They Didn’t Want You To See




Last week, nanny statists in Ireland released a “press release” claiming one of their studies demonstrated evidence for plain-packaging. Funnily enough though, they refused to release the actual study. That’s right, they tried to their so called “research” secret. Now we know why. A leaked copy of the study has shown the exact opposite of what nanny state advocates claim. The study was of the usual sort –  teenagers were shown cigarette packs and asked leading questions with the predictable result that teenagers think ugly packs look ugly. Christopher Snowdon explains: If asked…