Archive for March 4th, 2010
Government as a Guardian “… of the people, by the people, [and] for the people”
Guest post by Kelly A. Mandia, Lecturer of History, St. Joseph’s College, NY.
The reason there are little to no rat feces and vermin parts in the food you are putting into your mouth every day is due to government oversight. Do you think the food packing industry is looking out for you? Those who bemoan government regulation as the antithesis to capitalism (e.g. carbon emission reductions) have failed to understand the history and full scope of this issue. Historically there’s been a failure on the part of business to provide their goods and services for the good of the people and for its employees, while in the late 19th century, justifying their unethical practices with such “social theories” as the Iron Law of Wages and Social Darwinism. There are many instances, a few which I will outline, where government has stepped in to serve as a “guardian of the people” in order to stop businesses from hurting – and in some cases killing – members of its citizenry.