Book Forum

Your Next Government?: From the Nation State to Stateless Nations

(Cambridge University Press)

January 18, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

A Live Free Thoughts Podcast Recording

Featuring the author Tom W. Bell, Professor, Fowler School of Law, Chapman University; interviewed by Aaron Powell, Director and Editor, Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org; and Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

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Governments across the globe have begun evolving from lumbering bureaucracies into smaller, more agile special jurisdictions. Private providers increasingly deliver services that political authorities formerly monopolized, inspiring greater competition and efficiency. In Your Next Government?: From the Nation State to Stateless Nations, Tom W. Bell, professor at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, shows how these trends suggest that new networks of special jurisdictions will soon surpass nation‐​states in the same way that networked computers replaced mainframes. This quiet revolution is transforming governments from the bottom up, inside out, worldwide, with the potential to bring more freedom, peace, and prosperity to people everywhere.

Join us for a conversation with author Professor Bell, hosted by Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus of’s Free Thoughts podcast.