Brandon Christensen

Brandon Christensen graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. He has spent time living in small segments of Mediterranean Europe as well an Ashanti village in central Ghana. Brandon is interested in pre-colonial polities, property rights and international trade, and he is an alumni of two FEE summer seminars in 2009. Brandon is the first winner of the Thorpe-Freeman blog contest.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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