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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ice Cream With Social Conscience

Tax cutter, but not calorie cutter, Stephen Moore relates in the WSJ his recent pilgrimage to the Mecca of ice cream, Ben & Jerry's. While coping with the steady bombardment of tributes to the goodness and social conscience of the company's founders, Moore followed his libertarian instincts. He was "free to scarf" a pint of Coffee Heath Bar Crunch and ponder the possibility of a class action by ice cream eating fatties against these successful entrepreneurs. Why does their ice cream taste so good? It is because of the high cream and fat content that people cannot deny themselves.

When the company shelves leftist propaganda, it follows the principles of Adam Smith and Milton Friedman to make the product consumers so love. Writes Moore:

Meanwhile, their factory is a monument to the efficiencies of capitalism and technological progress: Several dozen giant computer-operated machines churn out hundreds of thousands of cartons a day. I half expect the massive energy-gulping freezers to be solar-paneled or powered by green-friendly windmills, but no, they use lots and lots of conventional electricity. It turns out that if you want really good ice cream, you just have to tolerate a little more global warming. That's a trade-off that I personally am willing to make.

I am not a fan of B&J's ice cream. No, I do not deny myself pleasures due to opposition to their politics. I just go for the traditional flavors vanilla and chocolate produced by B&J's cheaper copmpetitors. Of course, you can toss in some crushed oreos and some M&Ms to liven it up. Call me a neo-conservative.

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