Quote Of The Day
Coyote, on Paul Krugman’s claim that the Isaac Asimov Foundation series was an inspiration for him to go into economics:
I find it absolutely unsurprising that Paul Krugman was enthralled by the vision of a science that can be used by a few people to control the actions and futures of all humanity. He said “I want to be one of those guys!” I was captivated by the vision in the book as well, but my thought was always “how do we avoid these guys?” The second two books were about how government planners used mind control to deal with humanity whenever individuals had the gall to circumvent their plans. Lovely.
It somewhat reminds me why many dystopian novels started out as utopian novels. People like Krugman actually believe they can design out humanity’s desires in favor of their own preferences.