Comments on: Massey Mine Disaster debunks Self-Regulating Free-Market Myth Recording history for those who seek to rewrite it. Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:22:52 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dean Thu, 08 Apr 2010 12:32:40 +0000 Unfortunatley, I am living in a conservative fantasyland; where more government equals more corpratism. Not what I really consider a fantasy though. You want to blast Ron Paul, but he is one of the few politicans whose vote is not for sale to corporations. That is why I question the logic of this article. Laissez faire Republican (and Democrats) simply do not exist.

I share your anger that this occured. I also share your desire to do what you can to stop the insanity of putting miners at more risk than they need to be in. Just when you say more government is the answer I disagree. More government means more corporate control and more risk and death to miners.

By: fastfeat Thu, 08 Apr 2010 03:24:15 +0000 In reply to Dean.

Umm, HEAVILY regulated? I would argue that BECAUSE so many lives were sacrificed by paying fines, rather than meeting HUMAN (if not industry) standards, there are next to NO regulations. Perhaps if the fines were increased, say ten-fold or even one hundred -fold and/or charge the CEO and other company execs with criminally negligent homicide (minimally) when failure to rectify safety issues continues, deaths will disappear, just like HAS OCCURRED IN MOST OTHER HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES.

Sorry, the “value” of human life, even if it is only to curtail these f*cks somewhat, needs to be brought into the 21st century in this country. Financially break and/or jail an executive and problems will cease.

By: Grant in Texas Thu, 08 Apr 2010 02:44:40 +0000 Massey is a big contributor to right-wing causes, trying to change the West Virginia state government from Democratic over to laissez faire Republican including trying to BUY a judge who would rule in his favor. He has also given big money to the “grass roots” Tea Party movement. About the only true “grass roots” will be those over the graves of possibly 29 dead miners. Profits uber alles!

By: Mugsy Wed, 07 Apr 2010 23:23:41 +0000 In reply to Dean.

Regulations in the mining industry are among the weakest and least enforced among ANY industry.

Massey has clearly made a conscious decision that it is cheaper to fight the fines and drag them out in court for years rather than make the safety upgrades necessary to protect the lives of their employees.

If you SERIOUSLY believe fewer/no government regulation would make Massey *more* responsible, you’re living in a Conservative fantasyland.

By: Dean Wed, 07 Apr 2010 21:08:09 +0000 Is this article a joke or a complete failure of logic? Scores of people are dead working an heavily regulated industry and there is an argument that it proves the free market doesn’t work?

“If the mining disaster in West Virgina yesterday proves anything, it is that without government regulation, big business will skirt safety and gamble with peoples..” = FAIL