Friday, September 7, 2012

Progressives and the new NCAA helmet rule

Progressives believe that if you get the right people in place, government can solve problems. I believe their claim is that the problems would be solved in a net beneficial total outcome sense. The “right” people designing policy are a combination of well-intended, highly intelligent, and expert in the particular field for which they guide policy. Here is an example showing just how weak this philosophy can be. It is a beautiful example of the law of unintended consequences.


The NCAA fits the “right people” bill near perfectly in this case. And what do you want to bet that the solution will not be to reverse the rule but rather to institute a new array of rules designed to counteract the undesirable side effects?