Intelligence is a capacity so godlike, so protean that it must be contained and disciplined. This is the work of politics — understood as the ordering of society and the regulation of power to permit human flourishing while simultaneously restraining the most Hobbesian human instincts.
Are we alone in the universe?
This is why free markets must be regulated, and liberty must be constrained: because human existence is an orchestra of competing drives. Regulation is one of them: self-regulation, through morality and reason, and social regulation, through law and custom. The idea that humans are best on their own, indeed the idea that they can exist in isolation from a social framework, is just plain wrong. We need society, to help us make the right choices, just as we need education and self-discipline to help us make the right choices. Man is a social animal. A man trying to live without social input is like a man trying to shave without a mirror.