Since you don't own the river you can't go throw your trash in it.
1. Who keeps them from doing that?
"Public welfare" is an awfully broad term. What do you mean, exactly?...What do you mean by "social responsibility"?
2. Being responsible for seeking the good of not only ones self but also of one's community and society as a whole.
I don't believe in murder but I can't find a society in the entire history of the world where it never happened, either.
3. That is not a relevant analogy. You're proposing an economic theory as being good and I'm asking for an example of the theory in action. If you were proposing the prohibition of an action like murder then an analogous scenario would be me asking for an example of murder actually being prohibited, which would be easy. If you were proposing a theory that the only good society is one where murder absolutely never occurs--ever. Well, that would be a pointless theory for obvious reasons.
That's no reason to give up on being against murder. Perfect liberty is aspirational.
4. So you've defined a concept as being the ONLY moral economic system but its never actually been done (and when its been tried it has been catastrophically evil for many millions of people) and since the morally good version of the system is "aspirational" it is presumably impossible to achieve? Hmm...apparently "pure free market" and "pure communism" have more in common than I thought.
As for countries that have not used their freedom to take away the freedom of others, well, it's always seemed to me, based upon a reading of world history, that personal liberty has not been the norm but an aberation. One can look at the Index of Economic Freedom, and draw their own conclusions about how warlike the freer countries are.
5. I agree that personal liberty has been much more limited for the vast majority of people throughout human history. But every society--in ancient times and today--does have a class of people who have more freedom and opportunity than others. Something like an "owner" class. In fact the Heritage ranking you've posted is a great example of this. Almost every measurement they use to evaluate the level of freedom in a society is from the perspective of the present-day owning class. So for example, under the Labor category they don't measure the freedoms and rights of workers, they measure how restrictive are labor laws on business owners and how costly is it to fire someone and replace them. Ultimately its not measuring people's freedom as a whole, its measuring the freedom of the elite.
When I go to the grocery store and buy a gallon of milk, the deal won't happen if either one of us believes we are being exploited.
6. But the production of that gallon of milk could have involved many different kinds of exploitation beyond your simple transaction. Dairy Farmers being exploited
by a colluding milk industry's de facto
monopoly. Cows being exploited in various ways like being pumped full of harmful hormones (which in turn makes the milk less healthy for oblivious consumers--real life example of your pooping on the neighbors porch statement).
Really? Please explain why you feel this way.
7. Okay...slavery existed for thousands of years including 400+ years of the Atlantic slave trade, followed by a century of indentured servitude, followed by modern-day multinational conglomerates using sweatshop labor. This is some people using their greater level of economic freedom to exploit others sometimes even via the participation of the exploited. Indentured servants and sweatshop workers for example were/are often lied to about the conditions of the exchange but since they did/do operate with little or no government regulation or legislation they can behave this way under a condition of near total economic freedom. Without regulation economic freedom invariably charts a course toward the immoral and exploitative in the pursuit of greater profit.
Prohibition worked wonders, didn't it? How about the drug laws? It's also good to no that their isn't a prostitute to be found except in parts of Nevada, isn't it?
8. So are you saying that I should or should not be prohibited from buying certain things?