David Brin, who is not only one of my favorite fiction authors but also an insightful thinker about social/economic issues, has published the text of his recent keynote speech to the Libertarian Party National Convention, called Essences, Orcs and Civilization. It’s a good antidote to the sorts of shallow, self-centered, wilfully ignorant thinking I’ve been fighting lately in the

Fibbertarian Economics thread. Brin’s comments about markets and social contract – remember, this was to a capital-L Libertarian audience! – are particularly relevant.