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How far should the state go?

Watch members of the public discussing the common good versus personal freedom.

Watch and listen to some young people in Hereford answering the following question:

  • Do you think the state should be able to ban fizzy drinks and junk food?

What do you think? Should the state be able to control what we eat?

Here are some other questions about the role of the state:

  • How far can the state go in restricting the liberties of its citizens in order to serve the common good?

  • Do you think the state should be able to limit the amount of alcohol a citizen can drink?

  • Do you think the state should be able to make laws about how we discipline our children?

What do you think? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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