Hayek von Pinochet

Apparently “spontaneous order” is sometimes not quite spontaneous enough and requires a brutal dictatorship to impose it on the unwilling masses.

(I feel there is a fairly deep diagnosis of what is wrong with libertarianism peeking out from under the edges of this little illustrative episode. Libertarianism is a cartoon, fake version of the freedom promised by an actual democratic society. And substituting it for actual democracy requires some combination of violence and deception.)



The title of this Crooked Timber post is worth clicking the link.

Also many amusing comments, particularly this one:

I for one am impressed by Comrade Cowan from the Donetsk Metallurgical Academy’s Department of Scientific Leninism’s heroic effort to integrate the insights of cognitive psychology into economics, by accusing everyone who disagrees with him of being subject to cognitive bias.