As a good government advocate, I am always disgusted when I hear about a moment when our government is harming “The People” and this one sounds like a doozy unless there are any missing facts. But the notion that free market principles would solve this problem is incorrect. Here’s why: Conservatives, in the United States at least, have decided that part of the free market is the purchasing of the government by the business sector. This principle was backed up twice by Citizens United and Citizens United II. Liberal politicians eventually shrugged and followed them down the rabbit hole.
What happens when we allow the “freedom” of business to place lobbyists in regulatory agencies in a revolving door fashion? I am willing to bet the FDA regulators who passed the regulation were former reps for the pharmaceutical company, and when their term at the FDA is over, they will go back to their jobs at the pharmaceutical company. What happens when we allow business to use their money to influence peddle with politicians, so they pass biased regulations? And what about when we as Americans don’t even force Congress to pass the Sunshine Act which would have at least told us what money from what business was being circulated through government? These are not even the things that happen during election season.
It’s all well and good to do the frankly intellectually lazy thing Americans have been doing since 1980 when they just blame the government for each problem that arises. It is rarely the case that government as a concept or a regulatory body is actually the problem. It is a corruption of government. Americans have allowed corruption of their government, ironically, driven most radically since 1980. All of this time expectation of government failure has been a great cover for corruption. People are trained to expect it, instead of to become outraged and protest it.