Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The United Mistakes of America - Freakonomics Blog -

America’s founders understood that all of us, including our leaders, are fallible; that errors are inevitable; and that mistakes can’t always be recognized as such in the moment.  As a result, they realized, a stable nation must not seek to eliminate mistakes but strive to tolerate them.  Almost all the founding principles of democracy – freedom of religion, freedom of speech, direct elections, political parties – reflect this commitment.

This echoes Nassim Taleb's argument that we need to forget about eliminating mistakes. We need to develop a system where the consequences of mistakes are a lot less damaging.

We need black swans that nip our heels rather than devour us.

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