Sunday, February 2, 2020

What Are You Afraid Of?

Partial list of public policy based significantly on fear. Read into it what you will about how well or poorly fear fits as a justification for the policies. I am simply contending that fear is a significant driver. 
  • Trade Protectionism (tariffs, et al.) – fear of losing economic competitiveness
  • Gun Control – fear of violence
  • Drug Prohibition – fear of self-destructive behavior
  • Immigration Restrictions – fear of others
  • Age-Based Welfare Programs such as Social Security and Medicare (that’s right, everyone collecting SS and using Medicare is on welfare) – fear of insufficient future preparedness
  • Need-Based Welfare Programs such as SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, et al. – fear of a poverty trap
  • Zoning – fear of change to the familiar
  • Criminal Justice Punishments – fear of bad actors repeating and fear of bad actors not suffering 
  • Campaign Finance Limitations – fear of wealtharchy
  • Military Growth and Expansion – fear of succumbing to the might of others

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