Freedom's just another word for "Sudafed on demand"

By Megan McArdle

The other day, I stopped in the drugstore on the way to meet a friend in order to pick up a little cold medicine. I stomped out in a huff, proclaiming that "this is not how people in a free society should live." In order to obtain a little Sudafed, I had to produce a photo ID and sign for it. Is shutting down one of many avenues of meth production really worth the price of treating every American citizen with a stuffy nose like a drug dealer?

Walter Olson points out that some lawsuit lunatics in Arkansas are trying to make it all worse still. Stop the world, I want to get off.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2007/09/freedom-apos-s-just-another-word-for-quot-sudafed-on-demand-quot/1963/