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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 10, 2005

Stephen M. Krason
Pages 345-347

Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences, and Speculative Harm: Current American Scourges

The author notes how American public policy typically springs from good intentions, but brings unforeseeable consequences that cause new social problems. It also increasingly seeks to address speculative, not actual or certain, harms. He gives numerous examples and argues that the effect is increasingly expansive state power and heightened intrusion into private areas of individual and family lives. He also argues that all three public policy trends grow out of modern utopian tendencies and secularism.

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