Blame everyone

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November 21, 2011
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"Predictability of behavior is a red herring. You know with high confidence that a Nazi guard in a prison camp will not spare your life. That's no excuse for murder. Murdering you is wrong if it is possible to refrain from doing so. And we know that refraining is possible because if the Nazi knew that murdering you would result in massive punishment, he would refrain. Incentives don't give people new powers; they elicit powers that people had all along." (11/21/11)  

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