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Monday, May 29, 2006

The Precautionary Principle

Christine Sismondo has a nice piece in the Star about the most insidiously tyrannical aspect of modern government -- "the precautionary principle" which identifies things on the basis of [often pseud0-] "scientific" testimony to be a potential threat and therefore something to be strictly regulated or proscribed -- and how it is applied differently in different cultures.

Well-meaning "precautionism" is the hallmark of the nanny state and is today the greatest threat to our individual liberties. Nothing is too insignificant to escape its notice. It can be argued that precautionism is an understandable response to corporate irresponsibility, but it appears that in this case the cure is worse than the affliction.

Read the article here and be informed. In fact, be afraid..., be very afraid.

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