Nicholas Geiser

Nick Geiser is an intern at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC working for the Center for Advancing Capitalism. He graduated in May with a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and plans to study political science in graduate school.

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The Morality of Market Behavior

OCTOBER 03, 2013 by NICHOLAS GEISER

Defenders of markets should recognize that there is a real and inevitable tension between our small group or intimate life and our lives as members of an extended but impersonal social order. This tension, in fact, provides a powerful explanation of where objections to markets arise–a misapplication of norms from small group life to extended society.

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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 out 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.
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