To promote human freedom and flourishing more effectively, we must better understand the nature and benefits of polycentric systems—social environments with multiple and overlapping chains of command—such as a market economy replete with private companies and autonomous consumers. The Independent Review’s Fall 2020 symposium examines how polycentricism applies in education, macroeconomic stability, political consent, the provision of defense, and self-governance in the world’s most innovative communities.

Christopher J. Coyne is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and Co-Editor of The Independent Review. He is the author of the new book, In Search of Monsters to Destroy: The Folly of American Empire and the Paths to Peace.
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