Second and Third Order Effects

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – F. A. Hayek


The American military is often perceived of as an institution with a simple mindset: see bad guy, blow up bad guy. Truth be told, American service members do little to counteract this impression with their often macabre humor. But throughout my stint in the Army, I was repeatedly reminded to consider second and third order effects. In other words, for any action we took, how would the enemy and Iraqi civilians respond, and what would be the response to that response? With many of their policies, this is a question liberals do not seem to have learned to ask.
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The Boy Who Cried Racist

Recently I wrote a post about what it is like as a conservative to be consistently called sexist and racist because we disagree with liberals on policy ideas. Although I explicitly stated multiple times that it was not the point of the post, I can see how it could be taken as little more than complaints that someone hurt our feelings. But it is about so much more than that. Liberals who engage in this type of indiscriminate character assassination were instrumental in electing President Trump.

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In the last three days, the Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, Jess Sessions as attorney general, and Tom Price as secretary of health and human services. None of them would have been confirmed if Democrats had not eliminated the filibuster.

If only someone had warned Democrats that actions have consequences and they would not always be in power…

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An End to Bribery

On April 15, 2017, the Clinton Global Initiative, part of the Clinton Foundation, will shut down. The CGI’s website says it “convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges” and has “improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.” So if it’s doing such great work, why are the Clinton’s closing up shop?

It would make sense to shut down the CGI to avoid conflicts of interest if Hillary Clinton had won the election. But she lost. So now what is the reason to end the program they say has helped hundreds of millions of people?
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