Unintended consequences

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Unintended consequences are unforeseen and/or unplanned results of an intent or plan. In most cases, the term is used when referring to negative consequences.

The Great Depression

  • The Federal Reserve system had been established to prevent what actually happened. It was set up to avoid a situation in which you would have to close down banks, in which you would have a banking crisis. And yet, under the Federal Reserve system, you had the worst banking crisis in the history of the United States. There's no other example I can think of, of a government measure which produced so clearly the opposite of the results that were intended.[1]


  1. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/shared/minitext/int_miltonfriedman.html#5