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Interventionism

MARCH 07, 2013

The ideology that the government should use its power to do more than secure individual liberty and property rights. The ideology accepts that the government should  promote the general welfare by supporting businesses with subsidies and tariffs and regulating businesses in order to protect consumers from poor quality products, monopolies, and economic waste. Interventionism in this form usually fails due to ignorance inherent to the human condition, as well as self-interest of politicians and regulators that obscure the public good. 

 

Steve Horwitz - Regulation and Intervention

 

The Student Loan Crisis

 

Mark Hendrickson - Regulation and Intervention

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