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Hirschman had studied the enormous Karnaphuli Paper Mills, in what was then East Pakistan.
The mill was built to exploit the vast bamboo forests of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
It could have been given for an important occasion or just for no reason at all.
Tell us about the present and why it was memorable.
They found other kinds of lumber that worked just as well.
The result was that the plant was blessed with a far more diversified base of raw materials than had ever been imagined.
If bad planning hadn’t led to the crisis at the Karnaphuli plant, the mill’s operators would never have been forced to be creative.
And the plant would not have been nearly as valuable as it became.“We may be dealing here with a general principle of action,” Hirschman wrote: Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened.