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November 19, 2012

I, Pencil: The Movie

by Stephen Littau

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is working on a film series based on Leonard E. Read’s 1958 essay entitled: I, Pencil in which the author makes the claim “[N]ot a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make me [a pencil].” The video below is their animated adaptation of the essay (I, Pencil: The Movie). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the essay, its one of the best explanations of how spontaneous order works IMO. For those who have read the essay, I think you will enjoy this video as well.

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  1. Thanks for posting this… It’s an awesome video, and the essay itself is even better.

    I’m toying around with an idea for “I, Ballpoint.” I’m not going to give the specifics yet, but if I actually write it, I think it’ll be a really different fresh look at this…

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — November 20, 2012 @ 12:20 am

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