Power and Principle

The age-old question in right-leaning politics and political philosophy is how to do more good than harm … or at the very least: how to minimize harm. The libertarian default on legislation or policy revision, rightly born of long study and experience of unintended consequences, is “don’t just do something, stand there.” The default on the Left was once amusingly immortalized by Ronald Reagan as, “if it moves, tax it; if it keeps moving, regulate it; and if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Even cliches, stereotypes, and dogmas have their place of course.

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