Free markets = spontaneous organization + free trade + specialization of labor + capital + entrepreneurship. In his 1958 essay, “I Pencil” Foundation for Economic Education founder Leonard Read told the story of the simple pencil, and the complex process which brought it into existence. It’s a classic, aimed at children, but I urge you to read it if you haven’t (very short).
Now the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI.org) has created a short animated film expressing these powerful ideas.
Go here to see it.