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Self-regulation and human progress : how society gains when we govern less

Author: Evan Osborne
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford Economics and Finance, an imprint of Stanford University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Does humanity progress primarily through leaders organizing and directing followers, or through trial and error by individuals free to chart their own path? For most of human history ruling classes had the capacity and the desire to tightly regiment society, to the general detriment of progress. But beginning in the 1500s, Europeans developed a series of arguments for simply leaving well enough alone. First in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Osborne, Evan, 1964-
Self-regulation and human progress.
Stanford, California : Stanford Economics and Finance, an imprint of Stanford University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017032094
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Evan Osborne
ISBN: 9781503604247 1503604241
OCLC Number: 995023751
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 251 pages)
Contents: Problems and responses --
Getting there : the long road to self-regulation --
Wrongs make rights : self-regulating science --
The less unsaid the better : self-regulating free speech --
A better way forward : self-regulating socioeconomics --
Realignment : fine tuning in light of self-regulation's deficiencies --
Rebuilding : systemic changes to counter self-regulation's flaws --
Assessing the decline of confidence in self-regulation --
The best way(s) forward.
Responsibility: Evan Osborne.

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Does humanity progress primarily through leaders organizing and directing followers, or through trial and error by individuals free to chart their own path? For most of human history ruling classes had the capacity and the desire to tightly regiment society, to the general detriment of progress. But beginning in the 1500s, Europeans developed a series of arguments for simply leaving well enough alone. First in the form of the scientific method, then in the form of free expression, and finally in the form of the continuously, spontaneously reordered free market, people began to accept that progress is hard, and requires that an immense number of mistakes be tolerated so that we may learn from them. This work tells the story of the development of these three ideas, and for the first time tells of the mutual influence among them.

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"The error-correcting mechanisms of self-regulation discussed in the book complement much of the literature on bottom-up processes and self-governing systems....Self-Regulation and Human Progress Read more...

 
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