Crystals in a Jar

Written by Richard Christensen on December 1st, 2009

Mr. Koch has compiled a great picture of The Science of Success. I can not see much that Mr. Koch has left out. One area in which I feel he has added or perhaps stated more clearly than we have seen before in our readings is “virtue and talents.”

I really appreciated reading Ender’s Game because I felt that the foundations of “virtue and talents” can be found there, and “decision rights” for that matter. But, besides that, the social aspects of liberty were often absent from our discussions. For that reason I appreciate the additions and explanations that we have gained from Mr. Koch.

A crux of this question is obviously that if we state that Mr. Koch has articulated these 5 principles that are “the Science of Human Action” then where is the evolution or innovation? It is imperative that we constantly remind ourselves that there does exist base organizational principles in which a society, business, or individual can and does grow and prosper most effectively. I must revert again to the crystal in the jar. Innovation and creative destruction were never meant to be holistic. Everything is not meant to be innovated or destroyed and replaced with something new or better. The structure that frames the most prosperous and free society must stay intact and unchanged. You may think this is a stasist statement, but it is perfectly consistent with what Postrel and Hayek have said in our readings.

Mr. Koch has outlined the model for success, but it can only be applied to a society when that society is ready for such responsibility. Any top down model, wether oppressive and tyrannical, or liberating and democratic, cannot work until the people of that society are ready for it.


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