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Runner-up for last week’s “Remark of the Week”

Posted by Eliot Weinstein on December 9, 2007

Everyone’s a consequentialist if the consequences are bad enough.

Economics journalist Megan McArdle, responding to George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan’s question about why so many self-professed libertarians supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Her point concerns the fall of the USSR and the recognition (by libertarians and others) that US Cold War military actions in Europe–unlike in Southeast Asia–created substantially positive net outcomes.

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