The Economy Is Not A Machine, It Is An Ecosystem

A much more accurate metaphor for the economy is an ecosystem. We are simultaneously independent and interdependent. We can no more fix an economy than we can fix a rainforest or a coral reef. At best, we can leave it alone. Such is not the faith of a "market fundamentalist," but the implication of a tradition informed by evolutionary thinking, the science of complexity and self-organizing systems.

-- Max Borders

from "The Economy: Metaphors We (Shouldn't) Live By"

Quoted on Wed Aug 3rd, 2011