In the past few years, there has been a mystery surrounding the rapid decline of honeybees. At first, the cause was evident: they were besieged by a bee mite. But then, hives were simply failing, the bees were leaving them vacant. It was a perplexing mystery. Or perhaps not. Seems the chemical giant Bayer AG (the people who brought us Aspirin and Heroin) had this dandy little pesticide called Clothianidin that they wanted to sell in the US. It is a plant-systemic substance that acts as a neurotoxin on many nuisance insects. Testing was fast-tracked, to the extent that the chemical was approved by the EPA even before results were presented. This despite serious concerns of some of EPA's own scientists, despite the fact that Clothianidin is banned in Germany, France, Italy and Slovenia. It appears that this pesticide gets into the nectar of plants, the diet of honeybees, and causes the bees to become disoriented, unable to find their way home before they die. A third of the hives in US failed last year, who knows how many more this year. Nuisance insects are a problem, but much of American agriculture relies on honeybees for production. In this case, it looks like deregulation is not the problem, the regulatory agency just rolled over. This is the same as the net effect of the libertarian free market ethos.