Originally Posted by BR
Oh, also, when I sue each individual corporation that is spewing pollution into the atmosphere that I'm breathing, who pays the court costs and attorney fees for me? I don't have a lot of excess cash or time to do that. If I somehow win my case, do I just get a monetary reward for my potentially reduced lifespan or do I have to be already physically ill in order to have a case? Do they have to stop polluting?
You wouldn't have to wait to be ill, you can sue simply for loss of enjoyment of your own property. That is an existing legal concept. As to costs, the culture today is not very tolerant of pollution. This means juries are likely to give large rewards. Which means you would have lawyers chasing you down and offering to work for a cut if you had a genuine case to make.
If only me and other citizens could band together to do some of the stuff as a group that would be too difficult and costly for any individual to go alone. We could elect representatives who share our interests in not being harmed by these corporations that are so big and costly to fight on our own. Maybe, instead of waiting to be harmed after the fact, when we know an act is going to cause harm and property rights violations, we could just not let the corporations do it in the first place--or severely limit them to minimize the harm while still not crushing the economy. What would you call such a group of individuals working together like that for the common good?
I would call them unjust, since they impose costs on people who have done nothing. I would call them unthinking, because they impose those costs blanketly. I would call them uncivilised, since civilised people believe in innocent until proven guilty. I would call them inefficient, since one size does not fit all. And based on history, I would call them corrupted within a few years.
Gee, if only there was some way to get rid of that unthinking, uncivilised blanket punishing of everybody, and somehow have a tailored solution that only targeted the guilty. If only...