Complexity and central planning
The Pythagorean Theorem has 24 words. The ten commandments (English version) contain 138 words. US regulations about cabbages contain about 26,000.
Not to be outdone, the Department for Education in this country over a 12 month period sent to schools thousands of pages of “guidance” documents, containing almost 1.3 million words – one and a half times as many as in the King James Bible. Schools even received a 90-page document advising head teachers how to cut down on bureaucracy.
Mussolini’s quote that the more complex society becomes the more we need to have central planning is well known – as is the Austrian refutation of that absurd contention. However, it seems that we live in a world where governments are seriously responding to the complexity of society by centrally planning it and, at the same time, developing regulations that reflect the increased complexity. Some people have commented that we should have some short blog posts, so I won’t say any more and simply invite comments.