Inspired by Patrick Collison’s questions, where he nicely links to us, I thought I’d write up some of my own. These questions are focused around charter cities and innovative governance.
Which system of governance is optimal for economic development? How location dependent or universal are governance systems?
The general consensus in the West is that open governance, as approximated by the...Read More
Andy Weir, the best-selling author of The Martian, recently published Artemis, a novel set in a small moon colony, the namesake of the book. Weir is very explicit about modeling Artemis on frontier towns. With a population of around 2000 residents, Weir dives into the social structures that keep Artemis together, hence the relation to innovative governance.
Artemis exists because Fidelis...Read More
Paul Romer, along with William Nordhaus, just won the Nobel Prize in economics for his work on endogenous growth theory. As usual, Tyler Cowen has the best summary of Romer’s ideas. I would like to use this as an opportunity to give a comprehensive overview of Romer’s public works on charter cities and to discuss what we’ve learned since Romer’s charter cities TED Talk.
Romer’s involvement in...Read More
This is a guest post by Mischa Spiegelmock.
What kinds of professionals spend their days reading, writing, and editing rules? Two kinds: lawyers and computer programmers. Despite this fundamental similarity, however, they seem to live in different worlds. That’s probably because lawyers mistakenly think that programmers don’t have much to teach them (and, as a consequence, because...Read More
Some commentary on innovative governance news
Titus Gebel, a German entrepreneur just had his book, Free Private Cities, published in English. He was kind enough to thank me in the acknowledgements! He presents a radical libertarian, Rothbardian inspired case for free private cities. I am less radical than he is, and fear that such a strict property rights regime is unworkable in practice....Read More