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Tokugawa's Generals, and Being a Great Follower

Good questions from a reader -

There are some questions I want to ask you about the shogun era.

Why didn't the generals around Tokugawa Ieyasu aim for more power?

What were their end game?

Book: Seeing Like a State

On Mental Models

Seeing Like a State by Scott is quite an eye-opener, especially if you've been dabbling in decentralization, economics, and social models.

The general premise is that central planning doesn't work, but the perspective taken is very unique and I haven't seen anything like it in classical free-market economics texts. Scott demonstrates how central planning has failed. The book is like a visual guide to what Hayek described as the "fatal conceit" of central planners.

What strikes me every time I read about the failures of central planning is that planning isn't the problem. Everybody plans, you can't not plan. If you decide to not plan, that's a plan right there. Free market types plan all the time, every company and every capitalist plans.

So is the problem with central planning "central"? What does that even mean?

Scott circumvents these etymological problems by using different words. He doesn't talk about central planning. He talks about high-modernist authoritarianism.

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