Frédéric Bastiat, the great 19th-century economic journalist, famously asked, “How does Paris get fed?” In a nutshell, I think that’s the central question of economics.
People sometimes support regulations, often with the best of intentions, but these wind up creating outcomes they don’t like. Land-use regulations are a prime example.
Being able to say no defines the scope of our personal autonomy, while being able to say yes allows us to creatively explore (or not) the freedom that autonomy gives us.
People make mistakes. In novels, mistakes can mean that the plot fails. In real life, mistakes open opportunities.
Central planning always conflicts with expressions of dissent, whatever a ruling party might call itself.