… is from pages 267-268 of Brink Lindsey’s 2002 book, Against the Dead Hand :
The fundamental problem is that equating order with top-down control retains a powerful intuitive appeal. Despite the obvious successes of unplanned markets, despite the spectacular rise of the Internet’s decentralized order, and despite the well-publicized new science of “complexity” and its study of self-organizing systems, it is still widely assumed that the only alternative to central authority is chaos…. Consequently, whenever some issue becomes a matter of public concern, there is inevitably strong pressure to impose some top-down mandate or create a new bureaucracy to manage the problem. Meanwhile, those who resist such centralized policy responses are routinely castigated for their callous disregard of the issue.
In other words, very many people – nearly everyone on the political left, yet plenty also on the political right – remain creationists. They continue to fail to grasp the nuances, deep meaning, and full implications of the science of spontaneous order that first flowered among scholars in 18th-century Scotland . The still-living scholars who today are most prominent in carrying forward this spontaneous-order tradition as a scientific research project include Armen Alchian , Gary Becker , James Buchanan , Ronald Coase , Harold Demsetz , Kenneth Elzinga , Richard Epstein , David Friedman , Israel Kirzner , Henry Manne , Deirdre McCloskey , Vernon Smith , Thomas Sowell , Gordon Tullock , Richard Wagner , Walter Williams , Bruce Yandle , and Leland Yeager .
I name here only some of the ‘elders’ of this rich and revolutionary scientific tradition; I do not name all of them. And I name none of the younger (say, below-65) scholars. A longer list would be long indeed – but it would not be long enough, for the number of creationists continues to overwhelm.