WORDS

13 Feb

Havel

Though my heart may be left of centre, I have always known that the only economic system that works is a market economy, in which everything belongs to someone – which means that someone is responsible for everything. It is a system in which complete independence and plurality of economic entities exist, within a legal framework, and its workings are chiefly guided by the laws of the marketplace. This is the only natural economy, the only kind that makes sense, the only one that can lead to prosperity,because it is the only one that reflects the nature of life itself. The essence of life is infinitely and mysteriously multiform, and therefore it cannot be contained or planned for, in its fullness and variability, by any central intelligence.

The attempt to unite all economic entities under the authority of a single monstrous owner, the state, and subject all economic life to one central voice of reason that deems itself more clever than life itself, is an attempt against life itself. It is an extreme expression of the hubris of modern man, who thinks that he understands the world completely – that he is at the apex of creation and is therefore competent to run the whole world, claims that his own brain is the highest form of organized matter and has not noticed that there is a structure infinitely more complex, of which he himself is merely a tiny part: that is nature, the universe, the order of Being.

Vaclev Havel
“What I believe”
Summer Meditations, 1991

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2 Responses to “WORDS”

  1. dd February 21, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    “Though my heart may be left of centre, I have always known that the only economic system that works is a market economy, in which everything belongs to someone – which means that someone is responsible for everything.”

    Yep. unfortunately that’s the bomb that goes to the heart of the death star and destroys everything. It’s the idea that grows like a cancer (to quote inception) and consumes all.
    Once you realise that, being ‘left of centre’ eventually becomes impossible.

  2. AC Stewart February 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    I wouldn’t say it that way. Remember Adam Smith was left of the centre of his day. I think that appreciating the point of Smith (or Hayek in The Road To Serfdom) means your heart might be left of centre but you realize that governments are the problem not the solution.

    \My heart’s left of centre, but my brain functions too. 🙂

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