January, 2020

Free Minds and Free Markets

  • Peter J. Boettke

    Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Freedom is crucial both in markets and for ideas.  For society to improve upon the human condition, there must be a free flow within both.  Drawing on the ideas of J.S. Mill, Immanuel Kant, F.A. Hayek, and other intellectual greats, this essay examines the intellectual connection between ideas and goods and how freedom of speech and commerce breaks down barriers.  This essay argues that freeing channels of speech and commerce keeps human behavior in check and sets the necessary foundation to better the human condition and that without a free flow of ideas and goods, society would be worse off.