Do more laws make things better or worse?

Bommerang
Some statist policies have a boomerang effect

When Milton Friedman told the following joke, he was highlighting an important point…

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.

Political solutions often make things worse.

You can pretend that politicians will fix a problem with their next law. You can make believe that the next regulation, emanating from unelected bureaucrats, will make matters better. But…

You’re just as likely to be wrong. It probably won’t work. One frequent outcome of a new policy is…

The Boomerang EffectThe unintended side-effect of a new law or regulation is that it makes the problem worse.

The “war” on X leads to X², or worse.

  • Your war on poverty increases poverty.
  • Your war on illiteracy causes kids to hate books.
  • Your war on corruption becomes a whistleblower dragnet.
  • Your war on terrorism boosts terrorist recruitment — the CIA even has a name for this phenomenon, “Blowback.”

The Boomerang Effect is almost automatic in prohibition schemes.

  • Ban guns, you get more violence.
  • Ban immigrants, you get more illegal immigration.
  • Ban drugs, you get more overdoses.

Therefore, before passing the next law or enacting the next regulation, especially if it’s a prohibition, we should ask…

How similar is this new proposal to other schemes that “boomeranged” back on us?

Perry Willis

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Perry Willis

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Perry Willis is the co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and Downsize DC. He was the National Director of the Libertarian National Committee on two occasions, and ran two Libertarian Party presidential campaigns. He has an extensive background in marketing and fundraising, and has ghost written direct mail appeals for numerous luminaries, including Karl Hess, Ron Paul, Charlton Heston and Harry Browne.

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Jim Babka is co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and President of DownsizeDC.org, Inc. He’s an author and former talk show host.
Previously, he was the President of RealCampaignReform.org, Inc., defending free press rights all the way to the Supreme Court. He and Susie are the proud, home-schooling parents of three teenagers. He enjoys theology, UFC, target practice, and Tai Chi.

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  1. I think the telemarketer example (from the email) is a bad one. I don’t think the law against telemarketers made the situation worse, I think the situation worsening was a natural evolution of these scummy scammers. It’s also worth pointing out that most of these scammers are based in other countries who aren’t required to follow our U.S. law. The real problem with the law is that it’s ineffective. Yes, it gives harsh penalties to those caught doing wrong, but it’s virtually impossible to catch these bad actors who are functionally anonymous.

  2. HOW CAN WE. THE IGNORED PEOPLE, CHANGE THE MINDS OF THE SOCIAL ENGINEERING POWER
    MONGER CONTROL FREAKS.??? SO-CALLED DO GOOD-ERS.

    I FOR ONE, REFUSED TO FOLLOW THE CROWED.

  3. We simply cannot delegate powers to our Representatives that We do not possess
    & We certainly have surendered No powers.

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