Michigan’s Great Stink – Paul Krugman, The New York Times

“In the 1850s, London, the world’s largest city, still didn’t have a sewer system. Waste simply flowed into the Thames, which was as disgusting as you might imagine. But conservatives, including the magazine The Economist and the prime minister, opposed any effort to remedy the situation. After all, such an effort would involve increased government spending and, they insisted, infringe on personal liberty and local control.It took the Great Stink of 1858, when the stench made the Houses of Parliament unusable, to produce action.But that’s all ancient history. Modern politicians, no matter how conservative, understand that public health is an essential government role. Right? No, wrong — as illustrated by the disaster in Flint, Mich.”

Source: Michigan’s Great Stink – The New York Times

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