Freeman

Wabi-Sabi

Wages and the Free Market, Part 1

Dispelling labor market myths with theory and data

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

It's popular to claim that efficiency is the enemy of workers. But it's not true.

Violence and the Illusion of Certainty

SEPTEMBER 04, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

The certainty of our beliefs can cause strife; when combined with political power, the results are often disastrous.

Plot Holes in Fiction and in Life

AUGUST 21, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

People make mistakes. In novels, mistakes can mean that the plot fails. In real life, mistakes open opportunities.

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.

Discussion versus Debate

JULY 10, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Debate is a zero-sum game: In order for you to win, your opponent has to lose. As a result, debate is deeply anti-intellectual.

Heterogeneity: A Capital Idea!

JUNE 26, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Few mainstream economists give capital theory proper attention, even as they are abuzz about Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.

A Lot of Economics in One Lesson

JUNE 12, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Henry Hazlitt's most famous book might be accessible, but that doesn't mean it's superficial.

Libertarians As Seen from the “Other Side”

MAY 29, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

People experience negative outcomes in our economy. We shouldn't be too quick to jump to conclusions about why they happened.

Slogans or Science?

Regression toward the meme in the minimum wage debate

MAY 15, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Slinging memes and slogans back and forth does not constitute debate and brings nobody any closer to understanding.

The Bonsai and the Candy Bag

A wedding reception offers evidence of market miracles around us

MAY 01, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

The most common objects around us are the end results of inspirations, ideas, and efforts of a mind-boggling variety.

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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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