Lesson learned, ignored
There was a nice column at Reason yesterday commemorating World Water Day, entitled A Cold Shower for World Water Day - "Democratic" water distribution won't quench anybody's thirst. The nuts:
No matter how many documents declare that access to water is a fundamental right, people can't drink paper or rights; they need actual water.
Some people also argue that since water is necessary for life, it needs to be distributed "democratically"—i.e., by the government. That is nonsense. Food is also necessary for humans to survive. And in countries where food is produced "democratically," there tends to be neither food nor democracy.