The Challenger

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Today is the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.  This morning on NPR, Carl McNair shared stories about his brother, Ronald McNair, who was one of the astronauts onboard the Challenger that day. The coverage of the anniversary and Mr. McNair’s poignant stories about his brother have me thinking about my last post […]

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Perverted Ohio

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This afternoon I called my friend and leading public policy theoretician, Thomas Catlaw, to ask him what term would apply to public acts (i.e., those of government or nonprofits) that have the intended and actual consequences of undoing the intended and actual consequences of other public acts.  Tom suggested “perverse consequences,” which is a type […]

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