A skating rink is just one example of how spontaneous order is more effective than central control for organizational purposes.
John Stossel writes:
Unfortunately, economic freedom can be hard to demonstrate. Adam Smith's "invisible hand" is, well, invisible. How do I explain it on TV? Friedrich Hayek's phrase "spontaneous order" is clearer but still hard to show.
I was stumped until I read Rinkonomics: A Window on Spontaneous Order by George Mason University's Dan Klein. That inspired me to rent a skating rink.
Why? Well, imagine you've never seen a rink, and you are the government regulator who approves new businesses.
I tell you: I will flood that arena, freeze the water and then charge people money to strap sharp blades onto their feet and zip around on the ice. I will have few rules. Anyone can skate: young and old, skilled and unskilled.
Most any regulator would resist my bizarre skating idea.