You are here on the road to serfdom.

Reading about the many failures of our leading class and observing the continuing reluctance of our governing class and its supporters to acknowledge reality, I turned to the illustrated summary of Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.

I’d say we are here:

Road to Serfdom step 9: confidence in planners fades

Follow the link above for step 10.

Hayek was a thinker, not a prophet, so history may follow other courses than the one about which he forewarned.  Still, as we make decisions and move forward in our own lives, we should keep historical experience in mind.

Just as the Biden administration made things worse by failing to recognize reality and adequately plan a withdrawal from Afghanistan, the United States has to be careful not to make things worse through its withdrawal from the Biden administration.  I don’t see one on the field, at the moment, but progressives may coalesce around some commanding figure whom they believe can execute their plan competently.  In the chaos and confusion that we’re just beginning to experience, I can too easily see even conservatives getting swept up in the call.  (We can hope that it’s a matter of Providential caretaking that there is no such figure on the field in the United States, right now.)

Remember:  Above all, it’s the presumption of the plan that has to go.

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Rhett Hardwick
Rhett Hardwick(@thomasoftheriver)
3 months ago

Two thoughts. “The best conceived plan does not survive contact with the enemy”. In Hamlet’s soliloquy among the “slings and arrows” to be suffered is the “insolence of office”. I thought of the latter today while looking over my “wetlands”. I am allowed to “vista prune” so long as I leave 90% “crown cover”. 90%, sounds “scientific” doesn’t it? Dollars to doughnuts, a “planner” leaned back and thought “well, we’ve got to give them something”, how about 105.

Rhett Hardwick
Rhett Hardwick(@thomasoftheriver)
Reply to  Rhett Hardwick
3 months ago

Of course, I meant “how about 10%?”

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