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Should the sale of genetically modified food be banned?
Who should decide and what their decision should be are different questions. The thesis is about the latter, should GMOs be banned. This point is about who, and does not even address the question of why voters should so decide.
Voters are often
, their opinion concerning whether or not genetically modified foods should be banned may not correlate to what the evidence suggests.
The state's primary obligation is to ensure citizens' welfare. This obligation is more important than deferring to what citizens may or may not want.
The state should always take into consideration the views of its citizens when deciding whether or not to ban something. The state's role is to represent the will of the people.
Social unrest can occur if the state does not take into consideration the public's views when it decides to legalize or ban a product.
If the state makes decisions without consulting citizens it is often interpreted as the state not trusting citizens to make their own choices. It comes across as patronizing and paternalistic.