Quick Note

Puppy Blender comments on an article explaining that the “Robber Barons” were neither “robbers” nor “barons”- that they earned their money, helped consumers, etc.

Yes, but that doesn’t support a narrative of increased power for the political class.

Yes. This exactly. For every “wrong” the government unearths in the private sector, along comes new government power and control.

What is the difference between over-reach by the government, or private industry?

Of course, when it’s the government abusing it’s power, we have very little recourse. Take the Oyster farm that is being closed down by the government for no good reason.

In 2007 Goodman received a phone call from Steve Kinsey, a member of the Marin County board of supervisors. Kinsey told him of the Park Service’s allegations of environmental damage from a small oyster farm with an otherwise impeccable reputation, then he asked Goodman to fact-check the government’s claims. Goodman agreed, reviewed the data, and attended a public hearing on Drakes Bay Oyster Co. He had never met the Lunnys, but he was appalled at what he heard from the Park Service officials. Their statements completely conflicted with what Goodman had found.

“I sat and listened to the Park Service that day make the most incredible claims,” he tells National Review Online. “We hadn’t heard exaggeration,” Goodman recalls. “We’d heard things that were simply not true.”

His interest piqued, Goodman embarked on what became a five-year examination of the Interior Department and National Park Service studies of the oyster farm.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Goodman says. “It’s a stunning misuse of science by our federal government. . . . They have spent a huge amount of money trying to find harm when it doesn’t exist. . . . The Park Service was determined to get rid of the oyster farm, and they simply made [the environmental damage] up. . . . These people aren’t following the data. They’re following a predetermined agenda.”

And liberals are perfectly OK with this.

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