Prof. Tom W. Bell teaches at Chapman University School of Law, where he specializes in intellectual property and high‐​tech law. Prior to Chapman, Bell served as Director of Telecommunications and Technology Studies at the Cato Institute.

Some people assume that for there to be order in human society, there needs to be some central planning or direction. But as Chapman University professor Tom W. Bell explains, much of the order we observe in our lives is not the product of human design, it’s a product of spontaneous order. Drawing from the work of Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek, Bell describes how an understanding of spontaneous orders helps us to understand markets, language, social norms, customs, and society itself.

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