#36 The Risks of Safety: Greg Ip: How Do We Fix It?

Anti-lock brakes make many motorists drive faster. Introducing helmets and face masks in football raised the risk of concussions. Financial regulators and central bankers played a role in creating
conditions that led to the 2008 mortgage meltdown.

The illusion of safety can lead to reckless behavior.

These fascinating insights are part of "Foolproof - Why Safety
Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe", the recently
published book by Greg Ip, chief economics commentator at The Wall
Street Journal.

"Life is about risk," Greg tells us in this episode of "How Do
We Fix It?" When we believe the world is safe, it affects our
behavior. "Many positive things happen from taking risks and we
should not let the pendulum swing all the way to the other side -
trying to eliminate all risks from our lives."

Our collective aim to make life safer comes into conflict with
the equally strong desire to make things bigger and more
complicated. It is in our nature to safeguard our world - and...