Samir’s Selection 06/19/2013 (p.m.)
Cost-benefit analysis and state secrecy: Foiled plots and bathtub falls | The Economist
Will Wilkinson: “That so many of us find this argument somehow silly and immaterial surely has something to do with the way terrorism (whatever that is) rattles our sense of safety far beyond reason. But why does it do that? Because it injures our national pride, and Americans are too insecure to countence that sort of insult against ego? Because we are in the grip of deep-seated but erroneous belief that hegemony buys total security? It’s a bit mysterious to me. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that certain people benefit enormously from an irrational fear of terrorism… “
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