or, why libertarianism isn’t suited for the modern world.
This excellent and important report by Deborah Blum in WIRED on the recent West Virgina chemical spill is very interesting in a number of respects.
Basically, a substantial amount of a novel chemical substance has been introduced into the environment without any study whatsoever. Related substances are only mildly toxic, but we simply do not know what the consequences of this spill will be.
It seems obvious to me that such a thing should never have been allowed to come into production without extensive regulation. Do you agree?
But apparently, if something has never existed before, it is by default unregulated, at least in the USA. That’s insane.