Water, Water, Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink

West Virginia, another exercise in laissez-faire

It is hard to believe, and for West Virginians, hard to bear, that 300,000 Americans must do without potable water for drinking, cooking and washing. While many news reports focus on the vicissitudes of modern life, we’d differ, this isn’t a random accident, this is a predictable consequence of a public philosophy.

The dominant weltanschauung which governs our actions and poisons our minds mandates that privately-owned corporations be enabled to do whatever they want. Regulation in the public interest is verboten as a disturbance of the natural order. Every year, hundreds of chemicals are marketed, used and disseminated throughout the environment without careful review or even a cursory evaluation for health and safety. The primary question, indeed the only question, is will it make money? If the answer is in the affirmative then there is no further inquiry required.

Government’s role? It isn’t to regulate, or to prevent “accidents” from happening. No, it is to clean up the results of malfeasance and misfeasance after they occur. It is incredible to contemplate but the very same Corporateers who eschew governmental interference in business, are more than happy to demand that the government intervene to clean-up the mess afterwards.

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