Category 4. Government

A Pro-Regulation Post(!)

John Maynard Keynes famously parried a question about the possibly adverse long term effects of some policies he was recommending by remarking, “In the long run, we’re all dead.” Decades later, in reference to Keynes’s comment, William F. Buckley, Jr. quipped “Well, now he’s dead, we’re not, and we’re living with the consequences of his mistakes.”

Buckley’s retort highlights what should be, but all too often isn’t, an ongoing constraint on decisions by governments and businesses: a consideration of the possible consequences of their choices out beyond the personal horizons of the individuals who are directly involved...

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A Betrayal

In Bill Barr’s recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the Attorney General asked “Since when is It okay to try and burn down a federal court?” adding later that: “What makes me concerned for the country is this is the first time in my memory the leaders of one of our two great political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attack on federal courts.”

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Most of our major media companies wish to elide the differences between protesting and rioting. The scene of an MSNBC reporter standing in front of a burning building while trying to reassure us that the gatherings are mostly peaceful and “not unruly” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1mxJMIIMuE) will not soon be forgotten...

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