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In a libertarian world, market forces are said to help insure the safety much better than regulations by government bureaucrats. Unfortunately, market forces are always reactive, never proactive.
Take for example the BSD outbreak, aka "Mad Cow". Just yesterday, the agriculture department banned the sale of meat from sick cattle. The ban comes weeks after Congress killed a bill doing the same thing, due to pressure from that meat industry.


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Dec. 31st, 2003 12:38 pm (UTC)
In fairness to the Libertarians, the thought is in the absence of government regulations private inspectors would arise and, over time, gain public trust. So many people wouldn't buy meat that didn't have a "Manny's Meats Seal of Approval" on it, for example, and others would look for the "Sterling's Steaks Inspection Label", each organization having different standards which matched that of many consumers.
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