It seems like it is trying to e a fable with a moral of some kin, but Read spends half the piece listing the ingredients in a pencil and then maybe a quarter about how “ no one person ” knows how to ake a pencil and how there is no mastermind.
My off the cuff conclusion is the whole piece is served BYOB ( bring your own beliefs) and all the people who like story ame to it already believing “ government ” and regulation is bad, or worse something that takes away “ freedom ”.
I sor of feel he thinks they re the same, because his hatred of the mail system of his day is the only governmental thing that seems really clear on an his feelings about that are as strong as the anticommunist rhetoric of the day.Be aware, I am OT saying he is wrong.
Below I go through each section noting what I elt was unconvincing.Introduction I 'll bet there is n't a person on earth who knows how to make even so simple a thing as a pencil.
His point is we don ’ t hink about what goes into a pencil, but if he can show that “ no one person ” knows how a pencil is made it will “ dramatically portray ” the miracle of the market ( the invisible hand I think).
Innumerable Antecedents: inventory of a pencil ’ s ingredients and some of the processHe spends a lot of time listing all the way that go into making a pencil ( 858 of 2421 words).
I suppose one can stretch the meaning to fit, but it just seems odd.No one knowsHe seems to be intent on saying no one person knows how to create a pencil.
I feel I could argue there are robably a number of people who could explain just what he described, but in any case I don ’ t see why the complexities of pencil construction has anything to do with how an economy is setup.
( Sorry to bring up Obama in a review of a libertarian book but I understoo the irony was funny) No MastermindThis part starts off with an odd assertion that no person can be found who is directing pencil manufacturing.
The is he mystery to which I earlier referred.I guess he is still riffing on no one person can do it all in the pencil making world and that somehow that means “ the invisible hand ” does it all mysteriously.
Pencils don ’ t fall from the sky by saying nobody can now how to wan it and therefor trust in the invisible hand.
He never explain what the “ obstacles ” are although one assumes it means governmental regulations of any ind.
But if your default position is government is always on your back and environmentalist are trying to tell you what to do then this fit in icely with your anger.The up side of never being explicit is the reader can simply fill in with their already established worldview and feel outrage or inspiration or whatever.Word Count464 introduction 858 Innumerable Antecedents: inventory of a pencil ’ s ingredients and some of the process323 No one understand how a pencil is made487 No Mastermind194 Testimony Galore94 The lesson2421 total worlds1767 words in my review with quotes