Freeman

September 2014

Volume 64, 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. 


FEATURES

The End of Politics—Part Two

As humanity decentralizes, our moral norms will change, too

SEPTEMBER 03, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

If politics is on the verge of becoming obsolete, humanity may soon adopt a new set of moral and cultural norms.

The Terror Business

Are militant Islamic organizations destructive firms?

AUGUST 07, 2014 by COLIN O'REILLY

We normally think of people organizing into entrepreneurial firms to create value for customers. But how might those who find "profit" in destruction organize?

Of Battlefields and Boardrooms

Are the Art of War and the Art of Enterprise two edges of the same sword?

AUGUST 06, 2014 by MATTHEW MCCAFFREY

Classical military strategists have valuable insights for entrepreneurs--but not because trade and war have anything in common.

Red Scare: An Interview with Naomi Brockwell

JUNE 25, 2014 by THE FREEMAN

We sit down with Naomi Brockwell to discuss the power of art, cultivating a persona, the promise of cryptocurrencies, and more.

Reefer Madness 2014

A WaPo columnist uses curious logic in defense of the drug war

JUNE 26, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER

The most recent defense of the drug war tries to shift the burden of proof while ignoring prohibition's impact on everyone's rights and security.

Walking the Red-Light District

How Germany fought human trafficking by empowering sex workers

JULY 22, 2014 by CATHY REISENWITZ

Criminalizing prostitution simply doesn't help anyone involved--especially those vulnerable to trafficking.

The Economics of Marriage and Divorce

Those who get hitched are more likely to get rich

JULY 08, 2014 by WENDY MCELROY

While married people tend to be wealthier than singles, decades of State intervention help divorce ruin people financially.

Unicorn Governance

Ever argued public policy with people whose State is in fantasyland?

AUGUST 11, 2014 by MICHAEL MUNGER

It's pointless to argue about the color of unicorns; the same goes for what most people think about when they think about the State.

Dazed and Confused

Millennials might be libertarian; they just don’t realize it yet

JULY 22, 2014 by CASEY GIVEN

Trying to neatly summarize an entire generation's politics is tricky business, but millennials seem likely to move the world in a more libertarian direction.

Keep Them Down, Keep Them Dependent

How to prevent the young and poor from succeeding

JULY 30, 2014 by ISAAC M. MOREHOUSE

We can keep dynamic, low-cost young workers from outcompeting us in the marketplace, but only if we work together.

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COLUMNS

The End of Politics—Part One

Our current social operating system might soon be obsolete

SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

If complexity theory is right, humanity might be on the cusp of a massive shift--one that doesn't include politics as we know it.

Dissent Under Socialism

Intolerance for free expression grows with the scope of central planning

JULY 24, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Central planning always conflicts with expressions of dissent, whatever a ruling party might call itself.

A Petition from the Booksellers

JULY 29, 2014 by IAIN MURRAY

France's parliament must honor its history and ban Amazon for insisting on selling consumers what they want at prices they like.



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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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