Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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The Khaki Market: A Whole New Food Fight

This article about unregulated food is a perfect example of what happens when the government and big business behave so badly that masses of people ceas to trust them.  (Link courtesy of siege.  Those people start going around The System and try to meet their needs elsewhere.  Then The System attacks those people, and it turns into a giant disaster.  People won't simply accept a system that they believe doesn't provide good, safe materials.  They will sneak out and produce, buy, barter, or steal things elsewhere.  And they might also decide to respond violently to crackdowns, such as by vandalizing factories or megafarms.  This is good for no one. 

This is why government and business must be at least reasonably sane and responsible.  Social systems evolve to keep important processes working smoothly and to ensure that everyone has a constructive way to resolve disputes.  If you choke down your society and make its systems cater to special interests, or let systems fall apart so they don't do a good job, then the flow stops working.  A healthy society must meet its citizens' needs, in order to keep most people within the laws most of the time.  Any time you see large masses of people doing the same illegal thing in the same way, that indicates a serious systemic problem somewhere.  You will never fix that with individual crackdowns; that will only make matters worse.  You must track down the source and figure out if there is some pressure driving people out of bounds and/or if the boundaries are drawn in the wrong place.  Fix it.  Don't just stand there and flibber, or things will seriously fall apart.  Economies and empires have died this way.
Tags: economics, food, news, politics, safety
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