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Unintended Consequences

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Markets, Morals, and United Flight 3411

Economic Education
Contributing Guest
by Steven Horwitz Presumably most readers are now broadly familiar with the recent incident on United flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville. The short version is that the operator, Republic Airlines which is a United regional carrier, needed four... MORE

Whither the Ex-Im Bank?

International Trade
Scott Sumner
The Ex-Im Bank is often considered a near perfect example of crony capitalism. But the politics of Ex-Im are very messy, perhaps the most confusing and complicated of any issue: 1. Obama opposed Ex-Im as a candidate, and then supported... MORE

An open letter to America's CEOs

Cost-benefit Analysis
Scott Sumner
Dear CEOs, You may face a decision about whether to locate a new factory in America or Mexico. In the past, either location gave you an option of later moving production to the opposite country. It appears that option is... MORE

Just how influential is the USA?

Unintended Consequences
Scott Sumner
Noam Chomsky and the neocons don't agree on much, but they do agree on one thing. The US is a very influential superpower. Of course the neocons think it is mostly a force for good, whereas Chomsky tends to see... MORE

Brennan Admits Unintended Consequences of U.S. Intervention

Unintended Consequences
David Henderson
But will anyone listen? In fact, as the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda. This is a quote from CIA Director John Brennan... MORE

An Economist's Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy

Unintended Consequences
David Henderson
When I posted about a talk I was about to give a week or so ago, a number of readers asked if I could post the talk. There was no video, but I used my iPhone and the recording came... MORE

Great Moments in Arguing: Lindsey Graham Edition

Unintended Consequences
David Henderson
Taking the lead in bashing Trump at the Milken conference was South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who on a panel said that his party had "lost its way" in nominating the New York real estate magnate. Referencing Trump's recent lament... MORE

This is a response to Bryan's recent post. I've always been a critic of our income tax regime, which is extremely wasteful for all sorts of reasons: 1. Lots of wasteful paperwork. 2. Leads to wasteful expenditures on rent seeking... MORE

Unintended, but Predictable, Consequence #262

Unintended Consequences
David Henderson
Significantly, when the last American troops left Iraq, in December 2011, isis did not follow them home. "In its various incarnations," notes Daniel Byman, a counterterrorism expert who is a professor at Georgetown, the Islamic State "focused first and foremost... MORE

Wishful Thinking and Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences
David Henderson
Mrs. Clinton was won over. Opposition leaders "said all the right things about supporting democracy and inclusivity and building Libyan institutions, providing some hope that we might be able to pull this off," said Philip H. Gordon, one of her... MORE

China's demographic fatal conceit

Unintended Consequences
Alberto Mingardi
In his book The Great Escape, Nobel laureate Angus Deaton (see here David's excellent article) argues that The misdiagnosis of the population explosion by the vast majority of social scientists and policy makers, and the grave harm that the resultant... MORE

Do George Mason Students Forget 9/11?

Unintended Consequences
David Henderson
"Americans Swore They Would 'Never Forget 9-11.' But College Students Asked Why It Happened Have No Idea." So reads the caption on a YouTube video put out by the Young America's Foundation. The interviewer questioned students on the campus of... MORE

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