Monday, March 1, 2010

Freedom to pollute

A New York Times article (“Rulings Restrict Clean Water Act, Hampering E.P.A.”) describes the aftermath of another bold ruling by the US Supreme Court: “Thousands of the nation’s largest water polluters are outside the Clean Water Act’s reach because the Supreme Court has left uncertain which waterways are protected by that law, according to interviews with regulators. As a result, some businesses are declaring that the law no longer applies to them. And pollution rates are rising.” Yes, another small step in the long march of humankind toward unfettered freedom,, away from the scary “road to serfdom” Hayek feared so prophetically.