This is one step closer to the politically correct future of my nightmare, as wonderfully designed by one of my favorite science fiction writers, Kage Baker.
To go into a little detail, Baker lived in Southern California, where a lot of bizarre rules and laws have come into place, IE: you are no longer allowed to have a pet, you have a "co-habitant".
In Kage's future every fringe political group has basically come into power. Zoo's have been emptied of all animals and only golden epitaphs of each creature remains to remind us of how we tortured them. Animals are not allowed as pets. Procreation is severely restricted, but almost unnecessary as most of the remaining population do not like children ( as they are like children themselves; selfish and pedantic). Meat is an illegal substance, as is sugar and salt. People are allowed to have a religious belief system, so long as they have a deep psychological exam. This occurs after the Wiccan religious bombings of the 23rd century.
Now, with the sugar thing, people are going to immediately jumps sides. The people who care only about their fear of others telling them what to do will cite how the government can't tell us how to live. The bean counters will complain about how this will cost us so much money and not be effective. The health conscious will applaud while trying to cover their deep loathing of anyone with body fat (I'm pretty sure they're the ones who control the modeling industry).
If it were up to me I would totally put those laws into place. The Catholic Church is right, the masses shouldn't think for themselves. We've had the masses making choices for themselves for the last 150 years. What have we gotten out of it? Massive pollution, overpopulation, extinction of numerous species, etc.
What advances have we really made that benefit future generations or even other species? Canadian medical scientists are on the verge of a cure for cancer, at least. America sure isn't.
But will curing cancer actually be better for us? It means that there will be MORE humans.
An acquaintance relayed an experience his significant other went through: After spending five years in an impoverished country helping the starving populace she left for two years. During those five years, the first two were spent teaching the people how to farm and sustain themselves by doing all the planting and work for them. Then two years were spent working together with the people, showing them how to farm and letting them do the majority of the work. the last year was just to observe the impoverished people to make sure they understood all that was needed to feed and cloth themselves. Then she left for two years to start again with a different group of people. When she returned to the original group, all the crops had died due to neglect and the people were starving again.
I don't think feeding starving people is really going to help anything. Feed a starving population and their numbers will increase, causing further starvation.
We need to get rid of about six billion people, in my opinion. And that's not going to happen unless we start thinking of ways for people to willingly kill themselves off.
So let's put sugar in everything! Legalize every drug! Create suicide machines for people that hate being morbidly obese but refuse to change, or people so drugged out of their minds that they can no longer stand life!
In the land of Rights and Freedoms, who can tell anyone what do do? Let them choke on their lollipops as they scream about individual rights.
Smoke up, Johnny! You have every right to get lung cancer and die.
My point? Let's get rid of the "They are going to do it anyway" mentality.
Examples: Let's give teenagers condoms instead of telling them how sex may feel good but it has life altering consequences because "They are going to do it anyway".
Let's give them clean prostitutes in the library so at least we can regulate their intercourse because "They are going to do it anyway".
Lets give them clean needles and legalized pot instead of showing them how wonderful the word can be with a clear mind because "They are going to do it anyway".
Let's give them guns to rob liquor stores to support their habits and feed their babies they had at thirteen because "They are going to do it anyway".
And then, when they are in jail because we have failed them so badly, when they have no hope or belief in themselves because we refused to fail them in school because it would hurt their feelings, when we have told them "yes" to every impulse and demand the people made instead of teaching them restraint and patience, when they don't know how to react when someone tells them "no" except with fists and knives and massive over-eating, and they finally want to kill themselves, let's give them the rope to hang themselves.
Because "They are going to do it anyway".
Maybe I write all of this because I don't care. I'm not sure. If I really didn't care, would I bother to write about it? I want peace on earth and good will toward all (hu)mankind. I just don't think we are going to get there with legalized pot, criminalized sugar, individual rights.
The individual rights should pertain to cruelty, only. Everyone should have the right to be free of bullying (in the schoolyard sense, not in the modern hippy sense where these people have grown up bucking any kind of personal responsibility, and then call cops "pigs" and "bullies" because they broke the law). In a society the individual should not be thinking of only themselves.
Robert A. Heinlein put it best in his social essay Starship Troopers (not to be confused with the movie which ignored much of the book and focused on the Bugs).
The overall theme of the book is that social responsibility requires being prepared to make individual sacrifice. Heinlein's Terran Federation is a limited democracy with aspects of a meritocracy based on willingness to sacrifice in the common interest. Suffrage belongs only to those willing to serve their society by at least two years of volunteer Federal Service – "the franchise is today limited to discharged veterans", (ch. XII), instead of, as Heinlein would later note, anyone "...who is 18 years old and has a body temperature near 37 °C". The Federation is required to find a place for anyone who desires to serve, regardless of his skill or aptitude (this also includes service ranging from teaching to dangerous non-military work such as serving as experimental medical test subjects).
There is an explicitly-made contrast to the democracies of the 20th century, which according to the novel, collapsed because "people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted... and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears." Indeed, Colonel Dubois criticizes as unrealistic the famous U.S. Declaration of Independence line concerning "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness". No one can stop anyone from pursuing happiness, but life and liberty are said to exist only if they are deliberately sought and paid for.