Yikes! Fatal Conceit Embodied….

Don Berwick, nominated to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: “I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do.”

As the University of Chicago Press puts it, Hayek “labels as the ‘fatal conceit’ the idea that ‘man is able to shape the world around him according to his wishes.’  This is, normally, especially true of those who think they can (centrally) out plan the order that spontaneously arises from freely interacting humans.

For hubris bringing downfall of epic-fail proportions, see also: Jurassic Park, Communism, almost any Shakespeare play, Oedipus Rex, and dinosaurs (who were stupid enough to think they wouldn’t go extinct–who’s laughing now, assholes?!).

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