It may be a year and half since Occupy London was evicted from their site at St Paul’s cathedral but the movement continues in its efforts to rethink the existing social and political order in the light of the global financial crisis.  In retrospect, one of the more interesting aspects of the St Paul’s protest was the Occupy London’s economics working group’s engagement with the work of F.A. Hayek (Occupy London, 2012).  This engagement has attracted much critical attention, focusing on the appropriateness or otherwise of the claim that the structure of the movement bears certain similarities to Hayek’s conception of social order (Hayek, 1960; 1982).  Not only am I largely sympathetic to the views and demands of Occupy, but I also admire the attempt of its intellectual wing to subvert liberal capitalism from within, by appropriating the ideas of its most relentless defender.  But I’m not at all convinced that Hayek’s conception of spontaneous order and of the distribution of knowledge in society lends itself well for this purpose. Continue reading