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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/12412/central-planning-and-the-limits-of-social-control/

Central Planning and the Limits of Social Control

April 7, 2010 by

The more coercive and authoritarian the planning scheme, the more evasion and noncompliance it will encounter. The more disposed a government is to stake all on one or a few central plans, the more formal and strict it will have to be about the plan itself. FULL ARTICLE by Helmut Schoeck


billwald April 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

“Just how close must a human relationship be before the hostage system becomes operative? Usually, regardless of time in history, it includes spouse, child and parent, possibly sibling.”

This means what? Is the author claiming that even the smallest social unit is oppressive? If so, the only alternative to the “hostage system” is chaos.

The problem of scale is generally ignored. Most families are able to work out a generally acceptable system for the children’s chores, are they not? Isn’t this “central planning?”

There is an old saying something to the effect that God made us equal but Col. Colt actualized it. In the bad old days a nation generally required a large armed force and a large population for its continued existence. Albert Einstein and the cruise missile has made the small national “equal.”

The US would be much more efficient as 50 independent nations. If Utah wanted a “Mormon” economic/political system, what’s that to me? Let the best system, not the largest system, win.

jeffrey A. April 8, 2010 at 12:01 am

Really? The author was clearly talking about hostage system as being that system wherein an abusive/totalitarian/communistic state, when sending one of its citizens to a place that is better, takes a close member of that individual’s family hostage so as to give incentive to the traveling individual to do the task and return rather than defect at the first opportunity to create a potentially better life.

It has nothing to do with parents taking their children hostage.

RTB April 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

There’s nothing “right” about military planning either.

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