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ROBERT P. MURPHY

Robert P. Murphy has a PhD in economics from NYU and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. He is the Senior Economist with the Institute for Energy Research and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.

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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 our 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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