Tom W. Bell


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What Is Polycentric Law?

To make legal systems better, we must make them compete against each other

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 by TOM W. BELL

Polycentric law offers a pragmatic approach to advancing individual freedom and social harmony.

Rules Over Rulers

Want to Own a City?

Shares in Incorporated Co-op Cities Might Be the Next Big Thing

AUGUST 14, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Cities fail because governments take residents for granted and residents stop caring. An ownership model--based on co-ops or employee-owned firms--could fix that.

Rules Over Rulers

Startup City Redux

Honduras: from RED to ZEDE to … Freedom?

JUNE 27, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Despite the Honduran Supreme Court's rejection of RED startup cities, the reformers are back. Honduras may have just created the world's freest municipalities.

Rules Over Rulers

Can We Correct Democracy?

JUNE 04, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

A democracy focused on the rejection of unpopular laws would allow for a broader electorate and a more immediate expression of voters' wills. It would also limit the worst excesses of the State.

Rules Over Rulers

For Safer Streets, Use Fairer Courts

MAY 02, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Having government courts try government agents such as cops is a lot less fair than allowing independent arbitration. As a result, everyone is less safe.

Rules Over Rulers

Fordlandia: Henry Ford's Amazon Dystopia

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

By trying to design a government and industry from the top down, Henry Ford failed. His Brazilian disaster illustrates the perils of trying to duplicate something that normally happens organically.

Rules Over Rulers

No Exit: Are Honduran Free Cities DOA?

NOVEMBER 26, 2012 by TOM W. BELL

Honduran REDs seemed like the best bet to test out free-cities concepts, but the Honduran Supreme Court recently put the kibosh on them. Where does that leave the REDs and the free-cities movement in general?

CURRENT ISSUE

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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