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Why did Lao Tzu prefer laissez-faire to paternalism? For much the same reason that neoclassical economists advocate free-market capitalism: good intention distorts.
The relation of learning and thought is critical to Confucius. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge. But knowledge without thought is perilous indeed.