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Donald Trump’s executive orders may cure some problems, but the cure may be worse than the disease.

Under Soviet rule, Moscow was one of the world’s safest big cities. I remember hearing people who had been there talk about how they could walk around late at night with no fear of muggers. They couldn’t do that in New York.

The Soviets controlled street crime as they controlled other activities, but would you want to live under a Soviet regime?

So it may go with Mr. Trump.

His ban on Muslims from various nations may reduce extremist Islamic terrorism in the U.S. (not that we’ve seen much lately; see here and here). But the Muslim ban makes the United States oppose and alienate one of humanity’s most widespread and fast-growing faiths.

His opening the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines may make more oil flow. But it violates the wishes (and, I believe, the rights) of Native Americans and endangers the environment.

His withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership may have some economic advantages (although I doubt it). But reducing our economic ties to various Asian nations allows China to gain more leverage in that region.

And so on.

Donald Trump may improve certain things. But I expect the cost of the improvements to be way too high.

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