The seemingly simple quote from Mises above exposes a much more complicated picture than first meets the eye. Careful reading would indicate that the law of unintended consequences is always evident, which is certainly true, and that there are always consequences to actions taken. What this means of course is that it is widely known that each action will have a reaction, and given that very common understanding, why then could this not lead to deliberate corruption and criminal intent with the expectation of vindication on the part of the perpetrator of any planned outcome? With this knowledge, rulers, controllers, and politicians could design any number of actions based on the false premise of pretending to protect the masses from harm, while all the time attempting to advance some other nefarious agenda without the risk of blame for the resulting chaos.
It seems that we have been living through this exact type of scenario for the past fifteen months, and with only minor examination, this is an easy conclusion to support.