Someone on xanga commented on a blog about a mascara ad being banned as false advertisement because the clumps in the mascara had been photoshopped out. The commenter waxed about how evil the “nanny state” is to get involved in something like this because the company’s competitors should just run ads saying their models aren’t photoshopped and cost them business.
To which I said:
“So dishonesty shouldn’t be against the law? Should people be allowed to give false expert testimony in court? I mean isn’t not allowing perjury just getting in the way of the business of competing experts who could be hired to rebut them? And why stop a car company from selling cars they know are defective, isn’t that just stopping their competitors from running ads saying their cars aren’t defective? And what’s with this nanny state nonsense about food companies not being able to lie about what’s in their products on the label, shouldn’t the thousands who die from allergic reactions fuel lawsuits and ads from their competitors to fix the problem that wouldn’t have existed without regulations?
I say let the free market (and a pile of dead bodies) sort itself out.
And for that matter who needs actual nannies? Why not just let the babies who can leave their cribs die so natural selection (a sort of free market) will select for babies that don’t or can’t leave their cribs. Because blind market forces are always better than intelligent design.”