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

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


Want to Own a City?

Shares in Incorporated Co-op Cities Might Be the Next Big Thing
AUGUST 14, 2013

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.


Startup City Redux

Honduras: from RED to ZEDE to … Freedom?
JUNE 27, 2013

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.


Can We Correct Democracy?

JUNE 04, 2013

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.


For Safer Streets, Use Fairer Courts

MAY 02, 2013

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.


Fordlandia: Henry Ford's Amazon Dystopia

FEBRUARY 19, 2013

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.


No Exit: Are Honduran Free Cities DOA?

NOVEMBER 26, 2012

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?