Solve Our Political and Economic Problems with Bad Ideas

Three years ago, Dilbert creator Scott Adams wrote one of my favorite-ever op-eds.

The piece, titled “How to Tax the Rich” provided a number of crazy (and many unconstitutional) solutions for solving our country’s economic problems.

The premise of his op-ed was to brainstorm policy reform by starting with “the bad version”—a trick Hollywood writers use when they have writer’s block. The ideas is that if you can brainstorm a number of solutions that are bad, you (1) get your creative juices flowing, but more importantly, (2) set a solution boundary by acknowledging the limits of what won’t work.
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