Comment: Therein lies the difference..

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Therein lies the difference..

Government regulation provides the public a false sense of security and false sense of authority over polluters. The line of thinking is: "We elected you -> you work for us -> we demand clean water -> you enforce our wants"
They continue this logic with "You don't enforce our wants -> we will elect someone else who will"

They build their entire line of thinking on the idea that they can always find someone who is incorruptible.

A libertarian society would view the poisoning of a water supply as a breech of individual property rights. Similar to how I can't stand on my property and hurl dog shit over the fence onto my neighbors property; a business cannot stand on their property and release substances that will end up in their neighbors property.

There would be no 'cash settlement' option, this is purely an issue of defending your own property. The only option would be a cease and desist and mandatory cleanup, by threat of force. This wouldn't be issued by a uniformed government stooge, instead it would be presented by all those being affected.. a much scarier prospect for the offender.

I will head off any arguments against my statement that force could be used in this situation, and remind folks that this is no different from someone walking into your house and slightly poisoning your kool-aid. Any action you are taking is in defense of your property.