Nature is ruled by evolution. New challenges arise, so the flora and fauna adjust or perish. This order, spontaneous as it were, is determined by animal actions, but not animal designs. It is the same with economics and society. Markets and society are determined by human actions, but are not designed by humans (to paraphrase Adam Ferguson). The result we see around us is spontaneous and evolutionary. Yes, humans innovate. Yes, humans act. But we all act in regard to our own self-interest (which is not to say acting selfishly, but that is a post for another time). We are not following some Great Plan.
Virtually all attempts to plan markets, to plan society, on a large scale have failed miserably: the USSR, Venezuela, Mao’s China, just to name a few. The results are disgusting poverty, violence, and chronic shortages of both peace and love. These things are necessary, mind you, to direct society in the manner of some Great Plan. The reason why is simple: humans have this pesky thing called “free will.” We are not robots to be programmed. We are not unthinking drones, awaiting some master to direct us. We are all individuals with hopes and dreams, needs and desires. That is why violence is necessary in a planned society: some will not want to go along with the plan. Since markets and trade abhor violence, their evolutionary process is peaceful.
Societal evolution can either take place through violence by some person hammering his/her version of perfection onto everyone, or it can come about peacefully through the individual actions of billions of people. I contend no civilized society can be built upon violence, and therefore only the second option is available.