There has been a lot of talk about getting rid of many regulations that corporations are required to follow in order to keep manufacturing in the U.S. I recently listened to a story on NPR in which a linguist was speaking about the use of the word regulations, and why so many people seem to think that they are bad.
As I didn’t hear the entire conversation, I’ve come up with my own theory of why people seem to think a regulation is a “bad” thing. The word itself sounds a lot like rule, and people don’t really like to follow rules in general. That’s my take on the word. However, a regulation when it comes to corporate practices is more like a protection. And a protection is usually a good thing. It is used to protect citizens from a variety of troublesome corporate actions. The very reason that we have many of the protections that we do is due to the lack of corporate accountability in the past and the cancers, harm and deaths caused by those corporations. Look into the past actions that unregulated and poorly regulated corporations have done that have destroyed citizen lives. This is the link to the Superfund that keeps track and reports on both past actions and current actions of corporations. https://www.epa.gov/superfund
Understanding that most regulations are imposed in order to keep citizens safe and healthy, it is beyond my understanding why a great many people seem to think a regulation is a bad thing. They are law in order to protect citizens from a corporation whose only reason for being is to make as much money regardless of the environmental, economic and human cost. A regulation is a protection from unmitigated greed. Isn’t that a good thing?