toldailytopic: Liberals want to outlaw large soft drinks and other large sugary drink
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AB: I answer you very simply. In the Politics, Aristotle says that if a man truly is suited to live alone, he either must be a beast or a god. As such, there is pretty much no such thing as an "atomistic, totally free" man. Man must be a part of the state. The State has the right of legislation over him, and so long as a law meets the criterion of law, he must obey.
In this case:
Do you deny that the law is a prudential dictate of reason? No.
Do you deny that it is promulgated? No.
Do you deny that it is issued by a legitimate sovereign? No.
Do you deny that it is for the common good? No.*
You can say that it takes away too much "freedom," but you can't deny that it's for the common good. People actually would be better off if they drank less soda.
Therefore, I conclude: it is a valid law and it must be obeyed.
*These are the 4 criteria of law in ST I-II, q. 90.
I strongly doubt if you would have found many of the US founding fathers that agreed with Aristotle on this matter. The idea was that the government was to have limited powers over individual freedoms.
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