An interesting try, but even if one of the theories advanced explains why they did, they don't explain why they do now.
830,000 dead would seem to qualify.
Yesterday was the 135th anniversary of President James Garfield's death. You probably know he was assassinated. You might not know that it wasn't the assassin's bullet that killed him, it was his awful 19th century medical care.
Dr. Ira Rutkow, a professor of surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a medical historian, said: “Garfield had such a nonlethal wound. In today’s world, he would have gone home in a matter or two or three days.”
Ah, the good old days.
The Great Stink was an event in central London in July and August 1858 during which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames. The problem had been mounting for some years, with an aging and inadequate sewer system that emptied directly into the Thames. . . .
The smell, and people's fears of its possible effects, prompted action from the local and national administrators who had been considering possible solutions for the problem.
Another excellent piece by William Voegeli.
So, is Clintonism one body of thought, or two? The Clintons’ rhetorical oeuvre makes clear that the best answer is zero. Again and again, for a quarter century, their every attempt to connect and rationalize individual policy proposals culminates in sour nothings, windy declarations as solemn as they are vacuous.
Excellent piece by Steve Horwitz.
Over Labor Day weekend, I saw many friends arguing that labor unions and government intervention “humanized capitalism” by giving us the 8-hour workday, the 40-hour workweek, ending child labor, and so forth. Unfortunately, these folks have their history backward.
We didn’t humanize capitalism, it humanized us. The wealth produced by capitalism allowed us to indulge our humanitarianism in ways not possible when so many were living on the edge of survival.
"Give masses of ordinary people equality before the law and equality of social dignity, and leave them alone, and it turns out that they become extraordinarily creative and energetic."
More details here.
You may notice a theme in the first four.
First, with the reminder courtesy of Instapundit, the late William Safire's column of over 20 years ago: "Blizzard of Lies".
Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady -- a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation -- is a congenital liar.
Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.
Howie Carr: "Clinton's Little White Lies".
Ron Fournier: "Why Can't Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?"
That is why Clinton’s advisers, senior Democrats, and members of the liberal media need to stop covering for Clinton. Stop repeating her spin. Stop spreading her lies. Stop enabling her worse angels. It’s too late for Clinton to come clean, but honorable Democrats should at least insist that she stop muddying the water.
Please, for the sake of the country, tell her: Stop lying.
Scott Johnson of Powerline: "If She's Moving Her Lips (2)".
Also of interest:
Don Boudreaux selects an excellent excerpt from the recent book, Illiberal Reformers.
He then adds, in part:
Isn’t it, therefore, strange that those politicians, pundits, professors, and preachers who today wish to turn more power over to state administrators (and, hence, to reduce the range of market activities) call themselves – and are called by others – “Progressives”? These champions of administration – these ‘men of system’ – are not progressive; they are regressive. They are atavistic. They peddle millennia-old superstitions; they work with outdated concepts; they possess an antediluvian faith in strong ‘leaders’; they have never learned the modern lesson of spontaneous order; they are haunted by archaic fears of people who are free to pursue their own ends, in their own manner, without supervision by overlords.
Government at work.
1. The Apollo's Saturn rockets were packed with enough fuel to throw 100-pound shrapnel three miles, and NASA couldn't rule out the possibility that they might explode on takeoff. NASA seated its VIP spectators three and a half miles from the launchpad.