WWJD (John Locke) about Four Loko!
Many college students around the country endured misery the past few weeks over the loss of a dear friend, the Four Loko. College campus across the country have deemed it necessary to ban Four Lokos for the greater good. Sadly, the great state of Michigan banned the selling of four loko anywhere in the state. For those of you who are clueless to what a four loko is, let me enlighten you. A Four Loko is an alcoholic energy drink which is basically equal to around 3.5 beers and tall cup of coffee in one drink. Over the past year, this drink became widely popular all over the country for its taste, cheap price, and alcoholic effect. Sounds great right? well not according to everyone. There has been great controversy surrounding this beverage lately because many irresponsible young adults have been hospitalized who had been drinking Four Loko. Arent all alcoholic drinks dangerous when consumed irresponsibly?
There are critiques that believe the mixture of a depressant and stimulant can be very harmful to the human body but there are also many others who believe it is their right to ingest whatever they feel like. Well the haters have won and now it is banned. The real questions though are whether or not the government of Michigan is stepping over the line by banning Four Loko and WWJD? This state allows the use of cigarettes which have been proven to cause cancer and are extremely deadly. There also is nothing illegal occurring when someone goes to a bar and orders a redbull and vodka. Isnt that essentially the same thing as Four Loko?
John Locke writes about how in the state of nature, the right to defend oneself was not enough. This would lead to the creation of civil society and a state government. People would give up their sovereignty to live under safe conditions. He also talks about when the government creates laws, they must be for the common good to be legit. If not then the people were morally obligated to go against these laws and if it came to it, overthrow the government. Now i do not believe that Locke would want to overthrow the government, but he would be quite torn between whether it was for the common good. In the end, i think that he would be okay with the government banning the sale of Four Loko because as unfair as it may be, it isn’t hurting anyone by banning it.