04/13/2019 (Sat) 04:23:09
The east coast is rainy and doesn't have those laws for a reason. It has nothing to do with being progressive, it has to do with miners and a history of absolute capitalism you uneducated panjandrum. The west was not progressive in the not so distant past and treated the scarce water as the rights of miners. Unlike in the east, miners could buy water rights because CAPITALISM. They would divert entire rivers to sweep over entire mountain faces to separate the sediments with sluice mining/hydraulic mining in their hunt for gold.
Western states were historically pressured by rich and greedy miners (and ranchers) into passing laws to prevent people from capturing any water runoff on their property which might ultimately go into rivers where someone has a 100 year old water claim. That way these capitalists can keep a monopoly on water, and sell you water at inflated prices.
This form of capitalism is a conservative ideology, and socialism its a progressive opposite you dumb fuck. Socialism is all about protecting common resources and making them available to the public, not turning most of the water over to a handful of guys with hereditary claims to river water.