James A. Dorn

James A. Dorn is vice president for academic affairs at the Cato Institute.

The Case for Market Taoism


Lao-tzu, thought to have been an older contemporary of Confucius, may have been the first libertarian. In the Tao Te Ching (“The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue”), he argued that if government followed the principle of wu-wei (non-intervention), social and economic harmony would naturally emerge and people would prosper. That message is one […]

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