Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on November 17, 2016

in Hayek, Man of System, Myths and Fallacies, Scientism, Seen and Unseen

… is from pages 55-56 of the 2016 Mercatus Center re-issue of my late colleague Don Lavoie’s superb 1985 volume National Economic Planning: What Is Left? (footnote deleted; links added):

unknownThe intricate complexity of our economy is such that removing our profound ignorance of its detailed workings is not just an ambitious and difficult task, as [Wassily] Leontief avers; it is a hopeless dream.  The fundamental defect of virtually all proposals for planning – from Marx to Leontief – lies in what Michael Polanyi calls their “objectivist,” or what F.A. Hayek calls their “rationalistic,” concept of their nature of human knowledge.


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