Reply to Gus diZerega
By Timothy Sandefur
This article appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of The Independent Review


Hayek’s observations regarding spontaneous order are interesting and helpful as a descriptive matter, but without something more they provide an insufficient basis for a critique of intentional planning. Criticizing efforts at constructivist rationalism simply on the grounds that they interfere with the spontaneous generation of social institutions is as nonsensical as telling a lion not to eat an antelope because doing so would be “bad for evolution.”

Other Independent Review articles by Timothy Sandefur
    Summer 2009   Some Problems with Spontaneous Order
    Summer 2005   Freedom and the Burden of Proof: Randy E. Barnett’s New Book on the Constitution
    Summer 2002   The Common Law Right to Earn a Living

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