In a private market, households bear the costs of their own unhealthy habits. In a socialized economy, everyone bears these costs, and governments know it pays to emphasize this fact, even if the stats turn out to be wrong.
Many governments — including the US — have often inhumanely forbidden families from supplying ransoms to kidnappers to save loved ones. The Obama administration recently, and correctly, suspended the practice of prosecuting families in these cases...
In 1925, Winston Churchill, in spite of massive wartime inflation of the pound sterling, restored the gold standard at the old pre-war exchange rate. This set off a chain of events that led to the 1929 crash in America, and the rise of Keynesianism.
Jurassic World is the latest film to portray deadly disasters supposedly caused by profit-seeking run amok. But would the private sector really produce a super-smart dinosaur that is likely to eat many of the customers?