The Insidious Spread of Social Engineering
Social policies that withstand sustained logical scrutiny, as well as the best tests provided by the laboratory of history and human experience--and whose underlying assumptions thereby demonstrate some probability of containing more truth than falsity--can bring great social benefits. But clinging to policies and assumptions against all reason does enormous harm.
The Philosophy of Social Engineering has failed every test of experience: The historical failure of Marxism is merely one instance of social engineering's consistent, worldwide failure. Marxists spent seventy years trying to engineer the perfect society in the Soviet Union. They produced only poverty, slavery, and misery on a scale never before seen.
Because preferential policies are rooted in the same social engineering assumptions the Soviets once held, we can expect similar negative effects if these policies are fully implemented in the United States. For social engineering does not solve real social problems. It creates problems out of whole cloth by comparing existing institutions with its ideals and finding the institutions wanting on those