I was on an article (commenting) written by a fellow 'viner about Freedom Industries and the water poisoning debacle in W. Va.
Apparently the facility stored hazmat that was not properly contained and no practical measures were in place to mitigate a possible spill. I don't know all the details of how it managed to get into the water supply. The more important aspect of the article addressed the lack of regulation and the fact the company has now declared bankruptcy. That's a real time problem that needs solving. Since we don't have a libertarian managing the problem at hand, to fix blame we'll have to look at the current responsible actors.
Theoretically, education is the most likely solution for the issue of the common wealth, that is the air, the water, the food etc. If we destroy our environment, it won't matter what philosophy we choose, there is no future. For the most part, I think self-interest includes a vision of the future.
Or we could simply compare in theory how the situation could be dealt with from an authoritarian versus libertarian perspective. The problem there is the damage is already done. What is to be done to prevent spills in the future? If you say 'regulation', some will automatically react since the word evokes that reaction. Is it all we are, beasts of stimulus and response? Or do we move past that and try to work things through on a more rational basis?
I raise dogs. Dogs are destructive animals and have little regard for the future. Until they reach an age of about two years old, dogs are the worst form of libertarian, the kind who believes freedom means doing anything they want. I've noticed that at a certain age, again around two years, dogs change, they stop shitting in the house, they stop chewing everything in sight, they begin to maintain a sort of independence and aloofness where they're not so dependent on attention from 'mom & dad'. In fact I believe dogs mature to a level where they understand cause and effect.
Dogs are very selfish, and they understand 'mine', but they do not understand 'yours' very well. They are very protective of their turf, but for some odd reason, they don't respect the turf of others as well. They do, however, protect 'mom & dad' with extreme prejudice, not unlike what we see occurring with many who believe the political system works to their benefit -- even when it doesn't, 'mom & dad' can do no wrong. They become very annoyed with the younger pups at their nuisance behaviors, and they some times act to disrupt or even prevent some of their more destructive behaviors. It's indicative of a certain level of maturity.
People aren't that different. There's not a particular 'day in the life' where we reach that age of maturity, although the popular voice pins it around 18 for the draft and voting, and 21 for alcohol and other drugs etc., and that scale is sliding in the US, and is also very different in other countries and cultures. I remember that in Germany it was said to me that Americans were barbarians for cutting their kids loose at the early age of 18 years. In Germany kids live with their parents in some cases into their 30s, and in fact as houses are very expensive investments, some never leave home and the estate is simply passed generation to generation. When I reached about the age of 24 or so, I realized nobody's all that free anyways. We have some freedom to make choices, but there's no 'mom & dad' to pick up the pieces when we fail.
There's a lot remaining unsaid here, the idea is to launch yet another discussion. It'll be interesting to see the direction, if it goes anywhere at all. There are several recent and related articles on the Newsvine. This one is a continuation. There's even a funny comic strip out there, 24 types of Libertarians, or something like that.
Take a look at them, and contribute to these discussions. We're a community.