Razib has occasionally banged the drum on one’s ownership of their genetic code and freedom to access it. Now he’s calling for folks to spread the word and man the ramparts against the F.D.A’s attempt to ensure that we can only do so through “experts”. This isn’t simple fear of persuasion but fear of people learning about themselves outside of approved channels. I found it odd when Keith Humphreys asked Are There Libertarians Who Worry About Corporate Power? in the context of people who seek out providers for difficult to obtain pain medication. But even there the assumption was that some folks are essentially poisoning themselves, with the provider as an accessory. Here again we see the excuse of protecting people “from themselves” and “snake oil-salesmen”, not from any chemical but simple information.

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