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Paying ransoms for hostages encourages more hostage-taking, jeopardizing more Americans traveling abroad.


By Michael P. Ramirez, September 24, 2023

A popular phrase used in sociology and economics is “the law of unintended consequences.”

When you Google the phrase, one of the results you get is:

“The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people, and especially of governments, always have effects that are unanticipated or ‘unintended.’”

It is not to be confused with Murphy’s law, which is:

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

With the addendum:

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong… at the worst possible time.”

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