Karl Popper on the holistic social planner:
Unable to ascertain what is in the minds of so many individuals, he must try to simplify his problems by eliminating individual differences: he must try to control and stereotype interests and beliefs by education and propaganda.
This near about sums up the Obama administration’s approach to opponents of the President’s current health care reform initiative. In the face of valid concerns the White House and its allies have fallen to branding opponents as paid stooges. Beyond the asinine critiques from the likes of Sarah “soaring under the midnight sun” Palin there is an actual set of policies that will effect deep changes and need to be pieced apart.
Perhaps the greatest criticism is that it is too much at once.
It is very hard to learn from big mistakes.
From The Poverty of Historicism.