* Foolproof by Greg Ip

The author of Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe makes a great point, that by trying to remove small risks we can increase the likelihood of large disasters — and further that because we remove small risks we get lulled into thinking that there are no risks at all.

The author is a long-time financial journalist, and his arguments unfold well against the financial crisis. The extension of the argument to other spheres is less successful, not that it does not apply, but somehow the discussions feel tacked on to the original subject.

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