Deliberate conflation

Two great quips from this piece in yesterday’s WSJ by Christopher Demuth

  • For instance, global warming is not a “hoax,” (b)ut the public and scientific debates over climate change have involved several hoaxes, one of which is the deliberate conflation of causation, degree, consequence and policy response.
  • Markets compensate for policy changes, always reducing and sometimes repealing the effects that had been hoped for.

I can think of two other policies of “deliberate conflation:”  (1) the 2nd Amendment (eliding the distinction between semi- and full- automatic), and (2) immigration (eliding the distinction between legal and illegal immigration).

UPDATE (2/12/17):  (3) teachers and teachers unions.

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