Zero Government Blog http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ Rational Refreshing Reflections on What's Happening Now en-en Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/recent.gif http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html 18A029.htm   18A029 The Great Polluter by Jim Davies, 7/17/2018       The recent departure of Mr Pruitt from his perch at the top of the EPA caused great rejoicing among archists, for he generally favors a reduction in its size and scope, and his boss says he agrees. Too bad Pruitt could not keep his fingers out of the till; Lord Acton's dictum about power corrupting has a long reach. The episode made me wonder about having a government department to "protect the environment." The more I wondered, the more ridiculous and hypocritical it seems. It's really the fox in the hen house. "The environment" is a rather broad term. It encompasses everything around us; home, air, water, ocean, neighborhood, flora, fauna, forests, the lot. Somehow humanity managed to preserve it with little effort for almost 50,000 years but just in the last 50, archists and job-seeking bureau-rats have found it vital to have a watchdog - or watchfox - to take care of it. What kind of people most hurt the environment? - seems to me there are three groups. First comes accidental pollution. The culprits meant no harm at all, but were inattentive at the wrong moment. Some may be more negligent than others, but we're all fallible and accidents can never be cut to zero. The best that can be done is to make machines as fail-safe as can be, and to leave the motivation (to exercise care) where it belongs. Thus, nobody deliberately drives his oil tanker on to submerged rocks, but shipwrecks do happen and the captain of Exxon Valdiz may be distracted at the wrong moment. Nobody purposely uncaps a gusher deep under the Gulf, but BP and their subcontractors may make a chain of errors that have the same result. So long as the folk who make the mess pay to clean it up, we have either to suffer the occasional bad spill or to reverse a good deal of the many benefits of civilization. Then secondly there are hooligans - and I refer not to my friend Kent McManigal, but to those who deliberately externalize the cost of disposing of their trash. The side of my road is littered with cans and bottles once holding drinks - and mostly soft drinks, not beer; which suggests they came from cars driven by kids aged 16 to 21. Those still most heavily influenced by government school propaganda. Deduction: that propaganda taught them not responsibility and respect for others' property, but reliance on EPA-like government departments to clean up all mess. It's not just careless kids; there is a huge floating island of trash in the Pacific, choked with plastic and other garbage, highly hazardous to fish and to small ships and their propellers. It's brought together by ocean currents, but originated when ships' captains allowed crews to toss trash overboard. All over the world governments control "education", and those same lessons are evidently omitted even from schools of seamanship. And so to the prime source of all pollution: government itself. The Communist régimes in China and Eastern Europe monopolized heavy industry and ran furnaces so badly as to poison the air with effluents. The Chernobyl disaster in the USSR is well known. When Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 12A011: What's To Be Done?, 2/29/2012 Vital question. Here's the answer. http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/12A012.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/12A012.htm Read more about '12A011: What's To Be Done?, 2/29/2012 Vital question. Here's the answer. ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A029.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A029.htm Read more about ' ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A028: Oaths, 7/10/2018 Far, far worse than "Dammit!" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A028.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A028.htm Read more about '18A028: Oaths, 7/10/2018 Far, far worse than amp;quot;Dammit!amp;quot; ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A027: Thanks to Uncle?, 7/3/2018 Not exactly http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A027.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A027.htm Read more about '18A027: Thanks to Uncle?, 7/3/2018 Not exactly ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A026: Prisons in the ZGS, 6/26/2018 Very, very different http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A026.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A026.htm Read more about '18A026: Prisons in the ZGS, 6/26/2018 Very, very different ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A025: Music of the Wars, 6/19/2018 Rising resentment of the State http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A025.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A025.htm Read more about '18A025: Music of the Wars, 6/19/2018 Rising resentment of the State ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A024: 1918, 6/12/2018 Government folly, piled upon government folly http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A024.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A024.htm Read more about '18A024: 1918, 6/12/2018 Government folly, piled upon government folly ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A023: Social Security in the ZGS, 6/5/2018 At long last, it will resume http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A023.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A023.htm Read more about '18A023: Social Security in the ZGS, 6/5/2018 At long last, it will resume ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A022: The Social Contract, 5/29/2018 Where is it? http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A022.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A022.htm Read more about '18A022: The Social Contract, 5/29/2018 Where is it? ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A021: Lesson from an Error, 5/22/2018 A great way to learn http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A021.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A021.htm Read more about '18A021: Lesson from an Error, 5/22/2018 A great way to learn ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A020: Moms, 5/15/2018 What ladies do best http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A020.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A020.htm Read more about '18A020: Moms, 5/15/2018 What ladies do best ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A019: Of Laws and Men, 5/8/2018 The only valid lawmakers http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A019.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A019.htm Read more about '18A019: Of Laws and Men, 5/8/2018 The only valid lawmakers ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A018: Gekko, 5/1/2018 Blindness on the Left http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A018.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A018.htm Read more about '18A018: Gekko, 5/1/2018 Blindness on the Left ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A017: Two Possible Futures, 4/24/2018 We choose http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A017.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A017.htm Read more about '18A017: Two Possible Futures, 4/24/2018 We choose ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A016: Babies for Sale?, 4/17/2018 Not in a free market http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A016.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A016.htm Read more about '18A016: Babies for Sale?, 4/17/2018 Not in a free market ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A015: The 3-Comma Club, 4/10/2018 Hi-jacking the rich http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A015.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A015.htm Read more about '18A015: The 3-Comma Club, 4/10/2018 Hi-jacking the rich ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A014: Democracy and Populism, 4/3/2018 Same difference http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A014.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A014.htm Read more about '18A014: Democracy and Populism, 4/3/2018 Same difference ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A013: Freedom's Future, 3/27/2018 Your choice http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A013.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A013.htm Read more about '18A013: Freedom's Future, 3/27/2018 Your choice ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A012: Russia, 3/20/2018 A scapegoat for Democrats http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A012.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A012.htm Read more about '18A012: Russia, 3/20/2018 A scapegoat for Democrats ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A011: Loose Construction, 3/13/2018 Words have meaning http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A011.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A011.htm Read more about '18A011: Loose Construction, 3/13/2018 Words have meaning ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 18A010: Florida, Shrieking, 3/6/2018 without a brain in gear http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A010.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A010.htm Read more about '18A010: Florida, Shrieking, 3/6/2018 without a brain in gear ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for January - March 2018 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q18.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q18.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for January - March 2018 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for October - December 2017 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q17.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q17.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for October - December 2017 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for July - September 2017 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q17.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q17.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for July - September 2017 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for April - June 2017 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2q17.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2q17.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for April - June 2017 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for January - March 2017 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q17.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q17.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for January - March 2017 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for October - December 2016 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q16.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q16.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for October - December 2016 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for July - September 2016 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q16.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q16.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for July - September 2016 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for April - June 2016 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2q16.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2q16.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for April - June 2016 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for January - March 2016 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q16.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q16.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for January - March 2016 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for October - December 2015 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q15.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q15.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for October - December 2015 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for July - September 2015 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q15.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q15.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for July - September 2015 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for April - June 2015 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2q15.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2q15.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for April - June 2015 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for January - March 2015 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q15.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch1q15.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for January - March 2015 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for October - December 2014 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q14.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q14.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for October - December 2014 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for July - September 2014 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch78914.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch78914.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for July - September 2014 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for April, May & June 2014 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch45614.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch45614.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for April, May amp;amp;amp; June 2014 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for January & February 2012 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2012.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2012.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for January amp;amp;amp; February 2012 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for October - December 2011 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch101211.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch101211.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for October - December 2011 ' on the Zero Government blog... 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Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for March 2011 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch0311.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch0311.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for March 2011 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for February 2011 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch0211.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch0211.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for February 2011 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for January 2011 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch0111.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch0111.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for January 2011 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs for 2010 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2010.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch2010.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for 2010 ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000 ZGBlogs about Ron Paul's Presidential Campaign http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/rondex.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/rondex.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs about Ron Paul's Presidential Campaign ' on the Zero Government blog... Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:31:45 +0000