Unintended consequences

In this time of viral disruption and massive-scale response, the Wikipedia entry on unintended consequences seems like good background reading for economics, markets, governance, and sundry social items, which are connected.

One takeaway from the analysis is that the consequence’s form isn’t the key, but rather its unexpectedness. Note, unexpected benefits share the stage with drawbacks and perverse results. This may give hope, or fear, depending on position, as we watch and wait for the expected to take place.