Venkatesh Rao, of ribbonfarm.com, wrote about the idea of states and large organizations frequently imposing “order” on pre-existing chaotic systems, in an effort to improve https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2010/07/26/a-big-little-idea-called-legibility/.
His primary source is the book Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, in which the author, James C. Scott, describes some major social engineering ventures in history that have failed spectacularly.
Monday, June 14, 2021
An oldie, but goodie. This came up in discussion today, and wanted to link it for future reference.