The Parable of the Broken Window

“Modern civilization will not perish unless it does so by its own act of self-destruction. No external enemy can destroy it.”Ludwig von Mises

Frederec Bastiat‘s “That Is Which Is Seen and That Which is Unseen” contains what we call ‘The Parable of the Broken Window”.  Today we may also refer to the message as a law of unintended consequences.

We are each acting beings that react to our surroundings every moment and at every change in events.  Destroying private property is not an advancement of society.

Thank you, Joshua Zadar, for the link.


About Christopher Hessenflow

Christopher Hessenflow is a financial planner in the Chicago area. He works with all sorts of people who are much more interesting than he is. He enjoys his career which lends him time to think and, sometimes, be creative. Chip was born bald.
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