Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tyler Cowen: Web and Info Economy Protect Us Against Tyranny, Are Bulwarks of Our Freedom

Tyler Cowen, one of the country's foremost defenders of free markets and international exchange, sees his new book "Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World" as an ode to the power of the individual, "and how we can all create our own liberties essentially by using the web and the information economy to create streams of meaning." In the interview, he talks about how society is becoming more autistic ("this is a good thing!"), how everyday people can be happier than Bill Gates, and why he's fearful of Barack Obama's economics. "On fiscal policy," he warns, "we are absolutely heading off a cliff."

Also, Tyler discusses how the largely-unregulated Web and the New Information economy are protections against tyranny and are bulwarks of our freedom, and should be appreciated as such.


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