Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered

politicalSysOnline text of the book of E.F.Schumacher

Schumacher on evil (he uses irony) ” That things are not going as well as they ought to be going must be due to human wickedness. We must therefore construct a political system so perfect that human wickedness disappears and everybody behaves well, no matter how much wickedness there may be in him or her. ”

This perfect political system is not a democratic system. It will be an autocratic political system because it will regard oppositional voices as wicked voices. With that autocracy the Law of Acton applies  “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”(Letter of John Dalberg-Acton to Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887 published in Historical Essays and Studies, edited by J. N. Figgis and R. V. Laurence (London: Macmillan, 1907)

The perfect political system will become an evil system because of corruption, abuse of power, and because perfection is impossible in political systems. (and elsewhere).

One of the sources of failure of the perfect political system will be the planning failure: Planning is the continuation of chaos by other means (variation on Carl von Clausewitz ). That is why big planning causes big troubles. Planning does involve predicting the future and that is very difficult.

But the people inside the perfect system will be convinced that the errors in planning and in abuse of power are caused by evil people who must be corrected by the system.

Without critical comment and struggle against the agents of power, every system will grow towards a monstrosity.

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