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Max Borders

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Max Borders is Director of Idea Accounts and Creative Development for Emergent Order. He was the editor of the Freeman and director of content for FEE. He is also cofounder of the event experience Voice & Exit.

Max Borders's Articles

Watch Out for Bigger, Badder Scapegoats in 2017

Does a French philosopher’s obscure theory explain the 2016 election?

- March 22, 2016

How Networks Topple Scientific Dogmas

In the networked Republic of Science, leadership is earned not by sitting atop an institutional hierarchy but by contributing, experimenting, communicating, and learning with the rest of a larger hive mind.

- February 24, 2016

Beware Your Inner Authoritarian

We shouldn't be surprised when a would-be strongman taps into the authoritarian instinct.

- February 01, 2016

How Politics Brings Out the Worst in Us

People are different, but in politics, we expect to be happy with one answer to every question.

- December 29, 2015

The Chilling Progressive Response to Mark Zuckerberg’s Charity

What legitimacy do the wealthy have to decide where massive sums of money will flow?

- December 16, 2015

Editorial Bias

"It was my honor and my pleasure to carry the torch since October 2012. Now, as I pass it on, I can see only a brighter future for FEE."

- September 24, 2015

On Privatizing Marriage

Marriage should confer neither special favors nor goodies from the state.

- August 25, 2015

The Sad Fate of the $70k Minimum "Happiness" Salary

Though it might be tempting to hurl I-told-you-sos at Dan Price, he is to be commended for his attempt to criticize by creating — using his own resources.

- August 09, 2015

The Gig Economy Makes Karl Marx’s Dreams Come True

The use of technology to awaken sleeping private capital is allowing the capitalist system to evolve.

- August 03, 2015

Is Politics Obsolete?

Progress occurs despite politics and politicians, not because of them. 

Krugman Is Clueless about Bitcoin

Professor Krugman is living proof that self-confidence is no substitute for actually knowing what you're talking about.

- July 17, 2015

Why I’m Going Flagless this Fourth of July

Flags are just so much shorthand. People from the South have plenty of stories and symbols and helpings of their culture to share. There is no need to resort to using that stained old standard. War and human suffering are not the only ways to define history and cultural meaning.

- July 04, 2015

The Libertarians Are Gaining Mindshare: Attack!

Young libertarians are weaving the latticework of human interaction for the next generation. 

- July 02, 2015

Neoliberalism: Making a Boogeyman Out of a Buzzword

Progressives are trying to pin corporatism on free-marketeers, but it's the mixed economy that ends up in the hands of the powerful.

- June 26, 2015

The New Paganism? The Case against Pope Francis’s Green Encyclical

The worship of nature (as a cloak for hatred of capitalism) once again becomes a part of the religion.

- June 22, 2015

Inside the Mind of the Man Who Could Be Bitcoin's Creator

If the “underthrow“ of Leviathan lies ahead, it will be thanks not only to encryption technology but also to understanding the beauty, flexibility, and robustness of emergent law.

- June 16, 2015

Nevada Passes Universal School Choice

Has Nevada opened the Pandora’s Box of educational choice?

- June 12, 2015

Flooding Texas: 5 Reasons Californians are Still Moving to Texas

Economic freedom — and the jobs, affordability, and benefits that come with it — is drawing Golden Staters to Texas.

- May 29, 2015

Ross Ulbricht: Fool? Martyr? Or Trailblazer?

The man will die behind bars, but his idea lives on in the wild world of the Web.

- May 29, 2015

The New Republic: The Dumb "Libertarian Age" Is Here

To misunderstand the word libertarian is a failure to appreciate a living tradition that is now beginning to flower in the digital era.

- May 22, 2015

VCs, Techno-optimists and the Search for Exit

Laws and norms – our social technology – need upgrades just like our operating systems or HTML standards.

- May 13, 2015

99 Ways to Leave Leviathan

The ground is shifting beneath our feet. Those in power feel it, and it scares them. The innovation can be slowed, but it can’t be stopped, much less reversed. This great transformation is already underway. The theme, as always, is human freedom, which is the insuppressible urge within all of us to live full and ever more prosperous lives, regardless of the barriers put in the way. 

Bitcoin Is Freeing the Developing World

Bitcoin is already undermining bad institutions in developing countries. 

- April 30, 2015

The Chart that Could Undo the US Healthcare System

The system has become a Frankenstein monster, with pieces stitched together ad hoc by regulators and special interests.

- April 29, 2015

Twenty Two Ways to Think about the Climate-Change Debate

Those with a reasoned agnosticism about climate change will find themselves in debate with the Climate Orthodoxy. No one should sally forth into this hostile territory without reason and reflection.

- April 22, 2015

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