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Isaac M. Morehouse

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Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis. He is a member of the FEE Faculty NetworkLearn more at

Isaac M. Morehouse's Articles

From "Come and Take It" to "Go and Make It"

Today’s revolutionaries are entrepreneurs who are able to disrupt the status quo peacefully through creativity instead of conquest.

- October 03, 2016

If You Can’t Leave It Better Than You Found It, Don’t Work There

I used to work in the State Legislature. I realized pretty quickly there was no chance in hell I could make a dent in the institution. Sure, I could make a few friends and perhaps make a dent in their lives, but the institution itself is firmly entrenched in an incentive structure that rewards all the wrong things. I couldn’t change it, it could only change me.

If you can’t make it better it’s probably making you worse. I had to get out, so I did.

- September 30, 2016

How I Changed My Mind on Intellectual Property

How I came to the unhappy conclusion that ideas were not property. Only later did I become happy about it. 

- September 27, 2016

Economics Helps You Deal with Difficult People

What if you’re dealing with a co-worker who is always looking to sabotage you at a job you don’t want to quit? You can’t just hide from him in the storage closet. You can’t just smack him in the face with a keyboard, like James McAvoy did to Chris Pratt in the movie Wanted. Without the economic way of thinking, all you can do is simmer in resentment.

My Kid Learned More from Mario Maker than I Did from a Marketing Major

Unless we actively work to suppress it, our kids' urge to learn, experiment, innovate, create, and adapt will blossom.

- June 30, 2016

16 Big Myths about College and Success in Your Early 20’s

The case against the college/career conveyor belt.

- June 27, 2016

Even Video Game Conferences Need Prices

Who would you rather have attend a video game convention, those so passionate they’d work an extra job all summer to afford it, or those who happened to be on Twitter and didn’t mind taking a chance on a low-cost ticket?

- June 14, 2016

Seven Ways School Has Imprisoned Your Mind

Here are seven horizon-limiting mindsets that almost everybody has picked up from their schooling to some extent.

4 Options When Government Gets in the Way

Grave as the stakes may sometimes be, you must first accept this outlook: it’s all a game.

5 Reasons So Many San Franciscans Voted against Airbnb

Proposition F would have hobbled one of the Bay Area’s most innovative and beneficial companies. Why in the world did it almost pass?

- December 02, 2015

Why I Don't Worry about Income Inequality

Wealth – measured in opportunities and fulfilled desires – is greater and flatter than ever.


- October 22, 2015

The Dangers of Entrepreneurship

Political entrepreneurs find new ways to access resources first taken from others by force, and therefore do not create wealth.


- August 26, 2015

The Credential Is Killing the Classroom

As long as legal and cultural norms make the degree the primary signal of value in the marketplace, the classroom will continue to decline in quality. 

- August 11, 2015

The Beauty of Bending Rules in a Complex World

When something is moved from the private, voluntary sphere to the public, coercive sphere, debates and division arise where none previously existed. 

- May 31, 2015

The Doomsayers Are Right

We need doomsayers: they help discover and highlight the greatest areas for optimists and entrepreneurs to seize upon as opportunity.

- May 07, 2015

Keep Them Down, Keep Them Dependent

We can keep dynamic, low-cost young workers from outcompeting us in the marketplace, but only if we work together.

- July 30, 2014

Everything Is Modular . . . Is Governance Next?

It's a mashup world. The modular thinking underlying this ever-changing reconfiguration of genres, media, and franchises could also shake up the top-down world of governance.

- December 16, 2013

Fantasy Football, Opportunity Cost, and Comparative Advantage

Don’t let the “fantasy” in fantasy football fool you: The game illustrates some crucial points about opportunity costs and comparative advantage. Isaac Morehouse has been keeping score.

- November 07, 2012

Senseless Census Ads

For the past several months we've been subjected to numerous advertisements shaming us into completing the U.S. Census form. Some of the ads are annoying, but a few are downright absurd.

- May 10, 2010

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