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

April 2014

Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
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