Paul Romer’s Charter Cities project posits a very interesting question — what if we view the evolution of social and political structures the same way we view the evolution of economic structures?
Can we create social progress through comptetition between small city-states of the Hong Kong/Singapore variety? It’s worth listening to Paul Romer’s talk from the Long Now foundation about the topic, but it also seems to suffer from problems that too often plague economics. Assumes perfect mobility and information, at least among the upper castes. Don’t know that I buy that.