NYT has an incisive piece on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s feud with the legislature. Among other things, Scott has been criticized for abandoning the state’s planned prescription monitoring program, which he sees as Big Government intrusion into the private lives of citizens. About seven Floridians a day are dying of pharmaceutical overdose; this Peabody-winning documentary on the OxyContin Express is an unsparing look at the situation.
What I don’t get (and I mean that without any sarcasm — I literally do not understand) about politicians such as Governor Scott and his Tea Party allies is why they are only concerned about governmental incursions on freedom and not those that stem from the private sector. There is no question that government can deprive people of freedom, but certainly privately owned companies can and do the same. If we stopped all regulation of, for example, dumping chemicals into drinking water the private sector would gain freedom but everyone who drank the contaminated water and died would lose all freedom.
Does anyone know of a libertarian writer/thinker who takes the possiblity of private sector incursions on freedom as seriously as those wrought by government?