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The Inevitability Of Unintended Consequences

Why central planning efforts will ultimately backfire
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2:04 AM

Anyone involved with managing projects, people or systems knows that the only thing that can be planned with absolute certainty is that things will never go 100% according to plan.

This is true even in exceedingly simple situations, which we've written about at length here at Peak Prosperity (the uncontrollable nature of the straightforward Beer Game detailed in this post on the Bullwhip Effect outlines this well). And it's one of the truisms that gives us the most confidence that the world's central planners will eventually lose control of the global systems they are trying to manage via increasingly heavy-handed intervention. » Read more

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We Ignore Unintended Consequences At Our Peril

They'll likely define our future more than the intended ones
Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:27 PM

Early in my business career I was faced with a challenge that gave me an appreciation for a very important lesson about life and business. That oftentimes, even with the best of intentions, our actions create consequences completely different from what we intend.

It's that insight that makes me so concerned about the grand central banking experiment being conducted around the globe right now.

The complexity of the system, the questionable abilities of the decision-makers, and the universe's proclivity towards unintended consequences all combine to give great confidence that things will NOT play out in the way the Fed and its brethren are counting on. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Costs of Unintended Consequences

Always higher than the benefits of central planning
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:37 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles discuss:

  • The De-Legitimization of Markets
    • Central planning meddling is killing faith in price discovery
  • Japan As A Petri Dish
    • Will be the first to enter the endgame
  • The Financial Elites Are Taking All The Chips
    • It pays to be rich these days
  • The Costs of Unintended Consequences
    • Central planning always costs more than it's gains