on unintended consequences

Walter Russell Mead has been a keen observer of society and its arrangements and structures, especially what he calls the “Blue model” of government, where public spending becomes a key support of economic support for certain demographic groups. Notably in the past decade Mead has noted the increasing difficulties for the Blue model, and the increasing weakness of its support of those it intends to help.

The current situation in Puerto Rico typifies the problem, and Mead comments here. As the title of his post highlights, the unfortunate irony is the cruel results of what is apparently intended as compassion.

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