We Have a Winner: Hayek as if Orwell Mattered
By Bryan Caplan
The successful application of science in our society has fostered the belief that the society itself can be similarly manipulated to our benefit. We need powerful arguments, not yet articulated, to counter this belief. Debunking specific proposals will not do. We must explain why the application of technology to social problems is of limited utility and even harmful when pushed beyond the limit. Only then will we controvert ‘scientific’ socialism.
From 231 words to 70 – very nice. But I think I’d trim even this down to 57 words – and add some italics:
The success of science in our society has fostered the belief that society itself can be manipulated to our benefit. We need powerful new arguments to counter this belief; debunking specific proposals will not do. We must explain why using science to solve social problems rarely works and often backfires. Only then will we defeat ‘scientific’ socialism.
Question: Once you put it plainly, does Hayek seem better, worse, or about the same?