Tom W. Bell

tbell@chapman.edu

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What Is Polycentric Law?

To make legal systems better, we must make them compete against each other

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 by TOM W. BELL

Polycentric law offers a pragmatic approach to advancing individual freedom and social harmony.

Rules Over Rulers

Want to Own a City?

Shares in Incorporated Co-op Cities Might Be the Next Big Thing

AUGUST 14, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Cities fail because governments take residents for granted and residents stop caring. An ownership model--based on co-ops or employee-owned firms--could fix that.

Rules Over Rulers

Startup City Redux

Honduras: from RED to ZEDE to … Freedom?

JUNE 27, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Despite the Honduran Supreme Court's rejection of RED startup cities, the reformers are back. Honduras may have just created the world's freest municipalities.

Rules Over Rulers

Can We Correct Democracy?

JUNE 04, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

A democracy focused on the rejection of unpopular laws would allow for a broader electorate and a more immediate expression of voters' wills. It would also limit the worst excesses of the State.

Rules Over Rulers

For Safer Streets, Use Fairer Courts

MAY 02, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Having government courts try government agents such as cops is a lot less fair than allowing independent arbitration. As a result, everyone is less safe.

CURRENT ISSUE

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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