In Defense of Chaos! (2013)
The Chaology of Politics, Economics, and Human Action
by L.K. Samuels
New Book: In Defense of Chaos by L.K. Samuels
Chaos is Coming and
The World Will Never Be The Same!
In the Defense of Chaos not only exposes a new way of thinking, but shows why chaos theory and complexity science will revolutionize the social, political and economic structures of the world.
In Defense of Chaos examines why chaology provides ample scientific evidence that open-ended, adaptable and evolving systems work far better than closed-ended, rigid, deterministic ones. Not only do dynamic nonlinear systems work better, but they foster self-determination. The nature of the physical world favors the freedom for people to self-organize and self-govern without the interference of external command and control structures.
This is an important point to consider, because the denizens of the political deep end put their faith behind linear, deterministic structures that don’t allow for spontaneous order, decentralization or free choice by individual agents. Political linearists and control freaks not only fail to think outside the box; they would have us ban the box. Most political systems are inherently top-down vertical systems, predatory by nature, and are geared to suffocate any creativity within their sphere of influence.
“In Defense of Chaos is a passionate book by a passionate man. The chapter on swarm intelligence is alone worth the price of the book. L. K. Samuels shows how we can learn from ants and birds about how—or whether—to plan societies. Samuels’ well-told story of how the federal government killed people in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is haunting. We need to rid ourselves of central planners controlling our lives and making the country into one big Katrina. If that happens, part of the credit will go to In Defense of Chaos.”
--Prof. David R. Henderson, Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Editor, The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
"Unintended consequences. Failed plans. Boomerang effects. Blowback. What else would you expect when governments and other large organizations try to manage the future? Economic analysis has underscored the impossibility of central planning for almost a century. But in In Defense of Chaos, L.K. Samuels adds another layer of understanding. The mathematics of chaos help to explain why predicting the behavior of complex systems and subjecting them to top-down control is pointless—indeed, positively counterproductive. Read In Defense of Chaos—and find out why the project of domination and control is doomed.”
--Gary Chartier, professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean at La Sierra University
“In this superb book, L.K. Samuels masterfully weaves together chaos theory, complexity science, and Austrian economics to demonstrate why central planning always fails while the free market and liberty lead to social harmony and prosperity.”
--Eric Englund, publisher of The Hyperinflation Survival Guide by Dr. Gerald Swanson
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