Anyone can have up to three meals a day there; you sign up with an ID and then you get a card.If you ate at the American Free Diner for every meal, you’d be meeting every possible recommended nutritional guideline. The music is great and there’s a buzzing neon sign. Our “public option” for food does not mean people can’t go elsewhere, just as our public school system doesn’t mean that people can’t enroll in private schools.

If school vouchers worked as well as food vouchers, they would succeed in their mission of improving choice without sacrificing quality.

Now Robinson doubles down, sticking to his anti-voucher position and also proposing A Public Option For Food. Every week I go to the grocery store and I get relatively tasty things for relatively low prices.

I don’t even care if it’s a good cafeteria that rich people would otherwise enjoy.

It would naturally start out with an overrepresentation of poor people.

So you program the robot with the following instruction: “Maximize the number of paperclips in your possession.” Then you set it loose.

The robot first goes around the world collecting all the existing paperclips. After all, it must maximize the number of paperclips it has.

Eventually, the universe itself will be a vast cosmic heap of paperclips.

A seemingly benign instruction, carried out with precision and efficiency, destroyed the world. The Coca-Cola company follows a mandate: “raise revenue by selling drinks.” It sounds innocent.

So it begins turning everything it finds into paperclips.

Soon, the entire planet is nothing but a wasteland of paperclips.

He starts by granting that food stamps give poor people access to an impressive variety of grocery choices: [Scott’s] argument was a strong one. And so I found myself tempted by his idea that education could be provided by “learning stores” just like nutrition is provided by grocery stores.