Since I just posted one of my two favorite essays here (Feynman’s CalTech cargo cult address on the fraudsters called social scientists), I feel compelled to post my other as well.

This is “I, Pencil” and tells the tale of how a pencil gets made. It’s probably the greatest endorsement of free market capitalism I know and make the case thoroughly that central planning is not only not needed but impossible for any even marginally complex system.

-JD Cross