This bit by Seth Roberts reminds me all at once of Nassim Taleb’s work (Status quo, the fed turkey, works until it completely implodes), Seth Godin’s “This is Broken” idea, and the dinosaurs going extinct.
Who is flying this plane? Do they really know what they are doing? Does chance win over purpose?
Seth’s blog post is centered around the broken U.S. healthcare system — a system which suffers both from a burgeoning status quo as well as no means of introducing alternative solutions. In other words, it is entrenched.
And just like the dinos, when that entrenchment ultimately leads to social upheaval, the failure may be catastrophic.
A robust system must be dynamic.