On yesterday’s installment of “WallBuilders Live,” David Barton and Rick Green complained that government regulation was destroying the free market system … not too much government regulation, mind you, but any government regulation.
In fact, Barton declared that the mere existence of federal regulatory agencies represent “the most dangerous attack on our liberties since the British” while Green explained that there was no need for federal agencies to prevent companies from dumping toxic waste because the truly free market will hold them accountable when they get sued:
Barton: What’s going on right now in DC is government at the regulatory level, particularly at the cabinet level, whether it’s the Department of Agriculture or Health and Human Services or whatever, those are now pretty much unaccountable agencies. And what they’re starting to do to the country, they have no sense of accountability, they fear no one – they don’t fear the President, they don’t fear Congress, they sure as heck don’t fear the people because we don’t elect them. the stuff that’s now going on with those agencies is, I think, unprecedented and the most dangerous attack we’ve had on our liberties since the British, quite frankly.
By definition, a free market means there is no government intervention or regulation. So the more these agencies get involved, the less you have the free market and the less prosperity you will have and the less freedom you will have.
Green: You know, people say if you don’t have [regulatory agencies] you’re gonna have some company that dumps toxic waste or whatever; well then you the company and you go through the civil courts and there’s accountability there.
Yes, I am sure that if some company recklessly dumped toxic waste that ended up making one of Green’s children seriously ill, he’s response would be “thank goodness our truly free maket has no agencies in existence that can prevent things like this from happening so that now I have the opportunity to sue this company and hold them accountable for gravely injuring my child.”