Rush To Reform

I am beginning to suspect that most attempts by government to solve a social or environmental ill simply introduce new problems which are more difficult to solve than the original problems being addressed. This kind of news story (biofuels having a huge impact on food prices) is more anecdotal evidence. Unlike the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food, I don’t believe the biofuel boondoggle is a crime against humanity. Crimes require malign intent. What we see here is the result of acting too quickly with too little thought and too little humility. Reformers are always in a hurry, and can make a good moral case, but a more conservative and thoughful approach would seem to be justified in most cases. Beware the Rush to Reform.

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