Saturday, March 3, 2012

In Quaerere Parentum

If Buchanan is right about parentalism, the implication for welfare reform is that social control will shift to non-pecuniary margins. The sort of warping of choice sets under these conditions could exacerbate sorting effects.

A negative income tax could imply social fractionalization the likes of which even Paul Atredies himself can scarcely imagine. Could the United States balkanize? Yes--this is my new most shocking prediction.

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