In most areas Libertarian thought is consistent with Conservative thought.
Regulation to prevent monopolies yes.
Regulation to “prevent abuses” in general, absolutely not.
If an employer embraces practices that harm their workers or their surroundings they will destroy efficiency and be put out of business by their much smarter competitors. It is a Communist lie that underpaid and/or abused workers lead to greater profits, the exact opposite is true.
Unobstructed market forces are all the “regulation” that is needed to produce a clean, prosperous and healthy community. Efficiency is the key to profit and efficiency is the key to reducing waste and pollution.
Government regulation stifles the advancements that improve efficiency by wasting resources trying to make current methods “cleaner”.
Nobody looked out across the great plains at a coal fired locomotive and said “we must clean up that exhaust to save the air!”.
Innovation made diesel engines, diesel engines were more powerful and cheaper to run so the railroad bought them. Profit made the air cleaner.
As diesel manufacturers were forced to compete with one another they improved the means of regulating the air/fuel mixture to gain more power and efficiency, the railroads bought these because they were more profitable. Profit again cleaned the air.
Technologies will be made obsolete and replaced with better and more efficient technologies much faster in a free and unobstructed market than by anything a bunch of politicians who have never built or designed anything can achieve with regulation.
All regulation does is stifle creativity and consume the very resources that would solve the issues naturally and quickly via competition.
I would argue that “Unionization” became a destructive force the moment Unions gained protection from competition via government mandate.
As long as the Unions strength is based in their superior workers I have no problem with them. The moment they begin purchasing political favors with their dues by funding campaigns they lose the incentive to be the best and they crush the companies they work for.
Not just Henry Ford, every successful company during the first industrial revolution figured this out as well.
Those who tried to compete with an overworked, underpaid and disrespected work force were crushed by those companies that knew better.
I disagree, all complaining about soil saturated with oil does is create genuine hazardous conditions like poverty and crime appear. More Americans are harmed by violent crime in Detroit every year than are killed in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting a war.
We have been subjected to the doom and gloom predictions about undrinkable water and infertile soil due to industrial contamination for decades. These “contamination zones” are identified by using a laboratory to identify the amount of contamination in soil samples.
Meanwhile, millions of gallons of oil get spilled via industrial accidents all the time and within a few short years nature corrects all the “damage”.
Prosperity requires new ideas and risk. We cannot have prosperity without making a few messes and suffering some tragic accidents that cost lives.
The alternative if remaining condemned with obsolete and dirty technologies and having far greater loss of life due to poverty and crime.
This is a quote from a piece I wrote in the blog section back when the BP spill was just getting going. Here is the link if you are interested in reading the whole thing.
The BP Oil Spill, Another Perspective: - Member Blogs - Conservative Republican Discussion Forums
We did not put a man on the moon without some dead astronauts on the tarmac.
We did not migrate from the dirtiest possible energy (home fires) to the cleanest possible energy (mass centrally produced electricity) without a lot of people getting electrocuted and injured in the process.
We did not go from horses to safe efficient vehicles with power anti lock brakes, air bags, power steering, traction control, seat belts, redundant lighting, safety glass and accident friendly interior designs without a lot of blood and carnage on the highway to teach us the inferiority of our critical systems design in cars and trucks.
We did not go from a basic infection being a death sentence to transplanting major organs in humans to extend life without a lot of dead patients who taught us about immune system rejection.
We did not turn deserts into thriving farmland and communities without burying a lot of dam builders in concrete as we developed the more efficient and safe methods of construction we use today.
We did not perfect the harnessing of Nuclear Power from the atom without some people and land suffering from radiation contamination.
We did not go from needing to embark on a major journey to reach another continent to a few hours on an airplane without some violent destruction and death along the way as we learned how to keeps many tons of metal in the air.
We can purify contaminated water and fertilize damaged soil quite easily today and the corrected water and soil is healthier and more productive than it was in its natural state prior to being contaminated.
Ignore it and build right on top of it.
Prosperity brings people and better accommodations right along with it.
Government Social Programs and business regulation kill prosperity and incentive so housing and other infrastructure deteriorates.
Economies are like people, they grow or they die.
You cannot feed your 4 year “just enough” to stay 4 years old, you will either feed them enough to grow or they will die.
Industry never sleeps, the moment you inhibit its ability to innovate and improve it falls behind its competition and dies.
We developed Nuclear Power in the 1940’s. If that industry had not been stifled by “do gooders” we would be using the clean, cheap and safe power that Europe is using today instead of a bunch of dinosaur, dirty, inefficient coal and natural gas plants we use today.
Electricity would be cheap enough to make hydrogen a viable, pollution free portable fuel alternative and we would not even care about the availability or price crude oil.
Instead, government decided to “clean up our air” and “protect us” by stopping all new Nuclear plants from being built, closing down many of the existing ones and tormenting energy suppliers with regulations to try and make these old crappy power generation methods “cleaner”.
We destroy our prosperity, our health and our environment by being anti business or thinking that government regulation can be a more effective method of achieving a cleaner, safer world than market forces.