To All Supporters of Industrial Policy…

by Don Boudreaux on August 16, 2022

in Reality Is Not Optional

… I put the following question: Because the government cannot carryout a task as relatively simple as delivering monkeypox vaccines to their intended destinations, what reason have you to believe that the government is to be trusted to carry out successfully the far more complex task of conducting industrial policy?

Seriously. Have you industrial-policy advocates observed how the government routinely operates? Here’s a snippet from the above-linked report in the New York Times:

The federal government’s distribution of monkeypox vaccine has been blemished by missteps and confusion, burdening local officials and slowing the pace of immunizations even as the virus spreads, according to interviews with state health officials and documents obtained by The New York Times.

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