Leonard Read’s classic essay “I, Pencil” has helped introduce millions of people to the amazing nature of the modern economy based on the division of labor. It’s required reading in one of my undergraduate courses, and I’ve seen (figuratively) the scales fall from students’ eyes when they read it. (If you’re interested, there’s a cheap print version of it here.)
I’m pleased to note that “I, Pencil” has been adapted into a short movie by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The video is available for free on Youtube here, and it is fantastic. It is less than seven minutes long and is well worth your time to watch. Please also watch the short “extended commentary” videos on Spontaneous Order and Connectivity. They feature several prominent free-market economists, including Walter Williams and Art Carden, who just got a mention here last week.