Can Order Be Unplanned?

Some people assume that for there to be order in human society, there needs to be some central planning or direction. But as Chapman University professor Tom W. Bell explains, much of the order we observe in our lives is not the product of human design, it’s a product of spontaneous order. Drawing from the work of Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek, Bell describes how understanding spontaneous orders helps us to understand markets, language, social norms, customs, and society itself.