Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on September 29, 2021

in Complexity & Emergence, Hubris and humility

… is from page 240 of George Will’s 2021 volume, American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020 – a collection of many of Will’s columns over these years; (the column from which the quotation below is drawn originally appeared in the Newsweek on September 12th, 2008):

The spontaneous emergence of social cooperation – the emergence of a system vastly more complex, responsive and efficient than any government could organize – is not universally acknowledged or appreciated. It discomforts a certain political sensibility, the one that exaggerates the importance of government and the competence of the political class.

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