#### Featured | Democratic Firms

## Nancy MacLean’s Book and James Buchanan

January 30, 2020 By admin

Nancy MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains, raised questions about James M. Buchanan’s commitment to democracy. This paper investigates the relationship of classical liberalism in general and of Buchanan in particular to democratic theory. Contrary to the simplistic classical liberal juxtaposition of “coercion vs. consent,” there have been from Antiquity onwards voluntary contractarian defenses of non-democratic[Read More…]

## Classical Liberalism and Workplace Democracy

November 20, 2019 By admin

This is a paper coauthored by Tej Gonza for the European Liberal Forum, the foundation associated with the Lib-Dem parties of the EU in the EU Parliament. It explores the support for workplace democracy given by democratic classical liberals such as Tocqueville, Mill, Dewey, and Buchanan.

#### Featured | Development

## Panopticon vs. McGregor’s Theory Y

March 29, 2018 By admin

This paper is part of a larger project to better understand the limitations of the economic theory of agency and incentives. The economic approach focuses on extrinsic incentives whereas a better understanding of human organization requires an understanding of intrinsic motivation and the complementary or substitutive relationships with extrinsic motivation.

## Knowledge and Institutional Change

January 5, 2017 By admin

This paper attempts set forth systematically some of the knowledge questions that determine certain strategies for institutional change.

#### Featured | Property Theory

## Fallacies of Corporate Analysis

November 13, 2019 By admin

Our goal is to analyze a miscellany of fallacies concerning the Citizens United case, corporate personhood, the stakeholder theory, the affected interests principle, and finally ending with the deeper fallacies concerning the rights of capital that are embedded in the conventional economic theories of capital and corporate finance.

## The Case for Workplace Democracy

October 21, 2019 By admin

“In Chapter 11, David Ellerman offers a theoretical justification for a form of workplace democracy. He argues that a philosophical defence of workers’ control of workplaces and the products of their labour is possible outside of the lineage of Marxist and communist theory.” [Editor’s introduction] Amen

#### Featured | Quantum Mechanics

## New Light on the Objective Indefiniteness or Literal Interpretation of QM

December 17, 2018 By admin

This paper shows how the mathematics of QM is the math of indefiniteness and thus, literally and realistically interpreted, it describes an objectively indefinite reality at the quantum level. In particular, the mathematics of wave propagation is shown to also be the math of the evolution of indefinite states that does not change the degree of indistinctness between states. This corrects the historical wrong turn of seeing QM as “wave mechanics” rather than the mechanics of particles with indefinite/definite properties.

## Talk: Hamming distance in classical and quantum logical information theory

January 12, 2018 By admin

This is a set of slides from a talk on introducing the Hamming distance into classical logical information theory and then developing the quantum logical notion of Hamming distance–which turns out to equal a standard notion of distance in quantum information theory, the Hilbert-Schmidt distance.

#### Featured | Mathematics

## Extending All Boolean Operations to Partitions

June 11, 2019 By admin

The lattice operations of join and meet were defined for set partitions in the nineteenth century, but no new logical operations on partitions were defined and studied during the twentieth century. Yet there is a simple and natural graph-theoretic method presented here to define any n-ary Boolean operation on partitions. An equivalent closure-theoretic method is[Read More…]

## Finding the Markets in the Math

January 4, 2019 By admin

This paper shows how to find competitive market prices in the pure mathematics of classical constrained optimization problems.