It may seem excessively optimistic to hope that the current conjuncture, painful as it is to witness, will provide an impetus for a change in management, not only in terms of the names on the desks, but in the very approach to "managing" society. But hope, frankly, is one of the few resources that can still secured even when credit dries up like a puddle in the desert. Perhaps we will even find a way to recognize, not only for the short term, but a more substantial durée, that
failed economies are not the exclusive province of state-planning in the name of Communism, but can just as easily be the result of state-planning in the name of Capital. Whether you believe that the solution is the dissolution of the state or the dissolution of the market, it should be clear that the spaces in between these two extremes are dominated by orders in which differentials are inevitable and, despite their denunciation in the public sphere, the desired outcome for those who stand to benefit from systems that turns freedom into a luxury good.