Robert P. Murphy


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Life Insurance: Seceding from the System?

This forgotten savings vehicle could be a substitute for the status quo

JULY 15, 2014 by ROBERT P. MURPHY

A boring old financial instrument offers a way to avoid overreliance on the banking system or Social Security.

It Just Ain't So

Government Must Keep Track of Derivatives?

JUNE 17, 2009 by ROBERT P. MURPHY

Regardless of what caused the crisis, government efforts to regulate derivatives will only lock in undesirable aspects of the current market and ensure that politically connected players reap artificial gains. It is absurd to ask politicians to promote financial integrity and sound accounting. They are the worst violators of these principles on the planet.

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September 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 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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