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BENJAMIN POWELL

Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute and teaches at Rawls College of Business. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute and the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics. He earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University where he studied Austrian Economics and Public Choise Theory. This summer he will be giving a lecture for FEE, Who Will Build the Roads? And Other Questions About Free Societies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universtiy in Prescott, AZ.

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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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