No doubt you are familiar with the two cows guide to political philosophy.
- Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
- Communism: You have two cows. You give them to the Government, and the Government then sells you some milk.
- Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
So under what type of ism do you have two cows but the government says that you can’t drink their milk? Whatever we call such an ism it may help to know that it is the one we live under. In a recent case in Wisconsin, as summarized by the judge (earlier case here):
Plaintiffs argue that they have a fundamental right to possess, use and enjoy their property and therefore have a fundamental right to own a cow, or a heard [sic] of cows, and to use their(s) in a manner that does not cause harm to third parties. They argue that they have a fundamental right to privacy to consume the food of their choice for themselves and their families and therefore a fundamental right to consume unpasteurized milk from their cows.
In response, Judge Fiedler wrote:
No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;
No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;
No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice…
So MR readers, here is the challenge: You have two cows. The government says that you cannot drink their milk. What ___ism?
Paternalism is the obvious choice but I am going to go with Animal Farmism.
Read it all on Marginal Revolution