A stroppy blog on the over-use of the precautionary principle
Re-blog originally published on 29 July 2015 on my old blog-site (before the glyphosate story took flight). I am uploading my Precautionary Principle series to my new site and later this week will examine how the glyphosate scandal shows a further failure in the activist strategy to govern only by precaution.
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During the Great Plague of London (1665-66), the authorities were convinced that the outbreak of bubonic plague was being spread by cats. As cats had then been looked upon by religious leaders as symbols of evil and witchcraft, the crisis created the perfect opportunity for zealots to purge London of this feline scourge. The local authorities had no evidence that the cats were spreading the plague, but via the virtue of precaution, they could portray themselves as caring leaders in a time of panic. Resisting public pressure from vocal zealots…
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