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Good Intentions Gone Awry


Published: March 19, 2020

In politics, reforms intended to serve the public interest often end up benefitting private interests instead. When reformers create new regulations, they create opportunities that special interests can exploit to accumulate money and power. As long as we believe that the way to solve our problems is to permanently give the government more power, it will continue to grow.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some examples of special interests benefiting from government reforms?
  2. What government programs look different from how they did when they were initially created?

Additional Resources

  • Watch “How to Stay Free” on Free to Choose with Milton Friedman. Available here.
  • Read “Reforming Regulation” by Michael J. Boskin in Blueprint for America. Available here.
  • Watch “The Unseen Consequences of Occupational Licensing” with David R. Henderson. Available here.