The Great Society Can’t Rest on Design


As soon as we recognize that the basic order of the Great Society cannot rest entirely on design, and can therefore also not aim at particular foreseeable results, we see that the requirement, as legitimation of all authority, of a commitment to general principles approved by general opinion, may well place effective restrictions on the particular will of all authority, including that of the majority of the movement…

-Friedrich A. Hayek

Here it would be quite easy to invoke mysticism, recounting the doctrines of the world’s greatest faiths. Yin and Yang, the Hindu Upanishads, anima and anamis. I am assuming that Hayek’s answer lies in recognizing our intellectual limitations and having “faith” int the evolutionary process that created civilization–Spontaneous Order.

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