Dilbert nails indicative planning

In my Comparative Economic Systems class we discuss indicative planning, a non-coercive system of national planning found in countries like France and Japan.  The controversy surrounding such planning is that the plans never come close to predicting reality.  So what’s the point in spending hundreds (thousands?) of hours on an exercise in futility?

dilbert

Kevin notes that this comic strip also describes most academic “planning” pretty well too!