J.D. Thorpe

Encyclopedias like an over-regulated society present problems because they do not adapt to changes in a quick and efficient manner. When new facts emerge, the process that enables a correction to the out-of-date information is lengthier due to a concentration of decision making in a small group of people. Quite frequently, decisions are made by individuals who do not have specific knowledge of the event. Therefore, modifications are not made in a timely manner and do not include the collective knowledge of society as a whole.

Wikipedia has solved this problem by providing a method that allows for rapid updates of information on any topic interesting to any people, anywhere there is a computer and Internet access. Whenever better information is acquired about an event, it can be included on the site within minutes. This parallels the free market where prices are subject to ever changing conditions in the market place. An unhampered market and Wikipedia are able to adjust to changing conditions without the approval of bureaucrats.

Wikipedia and the free-market system are prime examples of how order can be created without relying on the designs of people who somehow manage to set themselves up as omniscient experts.

Disagree? Then, continue to hang with the backwards trending “progressives” who seek information from stale encyclopedias and music from scratchy cassette tapes. The rest of us are moving on to iPods and browsing Wikipedia.