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trail that stretches back to the early 1990s when Bill Clinton proposed a universal health care system. David B. Rivkin Jr., a prominent libertarian lawyer, penned an oped in the Wall St. Journal asking a similar question: can the government regulate the diets of those it deems overweight? After consultation by Mr. Rivkin in 2009, Senator Orin Hatch (R., UT) made a similar point about buying “certain cars, dishwashers or refrigerators.” This led to Terence Jeffrey’s 2009 article in CNS News entitled: “Can Obama and Congress Order You to Buy Broccoli. ( See Terence P

still could conceivably be, would render almost all of our categories uselessly vague or ambiguous. We can imagine that one day, human bodies could exist that do not require the consumption of protein to be healthy—should that mean we should conclude that protein is not essential to a healthy diet? “Protein malnutrition leads to the condition known as kwashiorkor. Lack of protein can cause growth failure, loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, weakening of the heart and respiratory system, and death.” Protein, The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health

, Leviathan ch. 13 (Michael Oakeshott ed. 1960/1651). — also seems defective because it includes far too much and because the “disposition” is often known only in hindsight. (Hobbes’ focus on an anarchic state of nature, however, plainly has implications for the international realm, which lacks an overarching power to enforce peace and order.) On the other hand, Grotius’ by now conventional answer, Francis A. Beer, How Much War in History: Definitions, Estimates, Extrapolations and Trends (1974); Bernard Brodie, War and Politics (1974); Karl Deutsch & Dieter