What is interesting in Dr Lustig’s subsequent ensuing chapter is that neither the words ‘ignorance’ nor ‘foolishness,’ let alone ‘stupidity,’ appear. Dr Lustig is committed to the idea that people such as [his patient] Juan’s mother can do no wrong because they are the mere playthings of governments and large corporations. Four legs good, two legs bad. For Dr Lustig, Juan’s mother is not a full human being like you and me; she is a mere vector of forces acting upon her. But if giving a gallon of orange juice a day to a six year-old child does not qualify a person as stupid, then the word has no application.
A doctor named Robert Lustig has written a book called Fat Chance, on the (undeniable) epidemic of obesity in the US. He points to the consumption of refined sugars as the culprit, and Dalrymple agrees.
But then he suggests that those who consume large quantities of it are helpless addicts, deer in the headlights of malicious corporate designs and governmental policy. And you know what Dalrymple will make of that.