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Today: Sun, July 24 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 International Relations
29 March 2016
 
 
A Better Approach to Terrorism
by Jeff Deist
 sub-topic» War on Terrorism

But if market failure is the justification for state-provided public goods like security at airports, what is the argument when such state services utterly and predictably fail to protect anyone? Do economists then clamor about “bureaucratic failure” and propose privatization to break up the state’s unnatural monopoly on police and intelligence services?

On the contrary, nobody blames government agencies or government police when terrorist acts are not thwarted. If anything, state actors are rewarded with increased budgets, personnel, and powers when horrific things happen on their watch. After the 9/11/2001 attacks in New York, for example, whole new federal agencies and departments were created. Federal intelligence agencies were vastly expanded. State and local police went on buying sprees for new militarized equipment.

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21 November 2015
 
 
How to Wreck a Perfectly Good Country
by Indefatigable Frog
 sub-topic» War on Terrorism

4. BINGO.

5. You now have a genuinely furious group of people living within your own borders who are hell-bent on attacking the native civilian population.

6. Congratulations, you have completed round one of trashing a perfectly good country. You can now move on to round two (fascism and kleptocracy).

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