September 2014Volume 64, 2014
For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups—but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited our social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
As humanity decentralizes, our moral norms will change, too
SEPTEMBER 03, 2014 by MAX BORDERS
If politics is on the verge of becoming obsolete, humanity may soon adopt a new set of moral and cultural norms.
Are militant Islamic organizations destructive firms?
AUGUST 07, 2014 by COLIN O'REILLY
We normally think of people organizing into entrepreneurial firms to create value for customers. But how might those who find "profit" in destruction organize?
Are the Art of War and the Art of Enterprise two edges of the same sword?
AUGUST 06, 2014 by MATTHEW MCCAFFREY
Classical military strategists have valuable insights for entrepreneurs--but not because trade and war have anything in common.
JUNE 25, 2014 by THE FREEMAN
We sit down with Naomi Brockwell to discuss the power of art, cultivating a persona, the promise of cryptocurrenci
A WaPo columnist uses curious logic in defense of the drug war
JUNE 26, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER
The most recent defense of the drug war tries to shift the burden of proof while ignoring prohibition's impact on everyone's rights and security.
How Germany fought human trafficking by empowering sex workers
JULY 22, 2014 by CATHY REISENWITZ
Criminalizing prostitution simply doesn't help anyone involved--especially those vulnerable to trafficking.
Those who get hitched are more likely to get rich
JULY 08, 2014 by WENDY MCELROY
While married people tend to be wealthier than singles, decades of State intervention help divorce ruin people financially.
Ever argued public policy with people whose State is in fantasyland?
AUGUST 11, 2014 by MICHAEL MUNGER
It's pointless to argue about the color of unicorns; the same goes for what most people think about when they think about the State.
Millennials might be libertarian; they just don’t realize it yet
JULY 22, 2014 by CASEY GIVEN
Trying to neatly summarize an entire generation's politics is tricky business, but millennials seem likely to move the world in a more libertarian direction.
Our current social operating system might soon be obsolete
SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 by MAX BORDERS
If complexity theory is right, humanity might be on the cusp of a massive shift--one that doesn't include politics as we know it.
Intolerance for free expression grows with the scope of central planning
JULY 24, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA
Central planning always conflicts with expressions of dissent, whatever a ruling party might call itself.
In movies and markets, real power lies with the unwashed masses
JULY 17, 2014 by ROBERT ANTHONY PETERS
The story behind Gone with the Wind has a lot more in common with Human Action than you'd probably expect.