In other words, plans simply enable us to achieve our goals.
The question is a matter of who “us” is. If the planning is done by a small group of elites or even a majority of a given population, and results in forced behaviour changes for the minority, it’s tyranny.
By “us”, I was referring to humans in general.
I don’t disagree with your conclusion that a group of people can “plan” ways to control others and that such planning can result in tyranny. Absolutely correct.
I was simply making the point that “planning” in and of itself is just a way to achieve a goal or desired (by the planners) objective. The jest of the article seems to be that planning, in and of itself, is a form of tyranny. I disagree (although some form of tyranny can indeed be the end result of planning by certain groups of people).
A prime example of a group of people setting a goal most here on Free Republic would agree with, and setting about planning how to achieve that goal, is recorded in our history of the founding of this Constitutional Republic. In that instance, however, the “central planning” by our founders did not result in tyranny precisely because the goal was not one of control over others but rather, just the opposite. The goal was the key.
Again, perhaps it’s just a matter of semantics. We’re in agreement on the most important points, I believe.