Ethical Dilemmas Caused By Government Essay

“Government is necessary to ensure the proper use of force. For this reason it must

specify objective lows to clarify the use of force, and it must have the ability to

enforce these laws. The purpose of government is to protect the individual rights

of its citizens” [1]

In 2001 the Government of India said it would propose a bill banning Tobacco

Companies from advertising and promoting sporting and cultural events. This led

to major debate in India about the feasibility of such a law as well as the

Governments rights to do such a thing. Many questions were raised including if

this was a good move for the Government financially as well as the ethical role of

the Government in having regulatory powers over something that it benefits
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71) How much more important is it for a Government to set

the moral tone of the Country? In examining moral implications we must

ask the question “Who will be harmed by this ban?” The answer is anyone

who believes that the Government is a neutral body looking after the best

interests of the majority.

In the United States today there is a debate over foods that are labeled “fat

free”. They labeling implies that the food is healthy because we have been

told for so many years that we should pursue a low fat diet by our

Government. We have a Government agency that is supposed to monitor the

claims on food products with the best interest of the public in mind.

Unfortunately the foods that are labeled as “fat free” have been chemically

altered and had huge amounts of sugar added to them in order to make up for

the flavor that is lost when removing the fat. This can make the foods

more calorically dense and much less healthy than their full fat counterparts.

We see that there is a danger in allowing ourselves to become complacent

and believe that the Government has our best interests at

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