Man Without Qualities

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Make No Little Plans

If these big buildings would be profitable - and not just a product of political will - they should be built. The Memorial aspect of their design is on the right track.

But the original WTC did not make economic sense - it was the product of government excess and waste. The worst kind of memorial in the Financial District, whose fundamental role is the proper allocation of national economic resources, would be economically irrational structures of this magnitude. That really would represent a terrorist victory.

A terrorist defeat would be to convert their destructive act into an opportunity to fix the prior governmental error of building an economically irrational WTC. If these big building would do that, then the memorial aspect can go along for the symbolic ride.

Economic rationality is another term for living well - which is ALWAYS the best revenge. Cliche or not.

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