At the recent Freedom Fest conference in Las Vegas, Reason magazine Editor in Chief Matt Welch sat down with Tyler Cowen, the prolific George Mason University economics professor, popular blogger, New York Times columnist, and author of the brand new Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World.

Cowen, one of the country's foremost defenders of free markets and international exchange, sees his book as an ode to the power of the individual, "and how we can all create our own liberties essentially by using the web and the information economy to create streams of meaning." In the interview, he talks about how society is becoming more autistic ("this is a good thing!"), how everyday people can be happier than Bill Gates, and why he's fearful of Barack Obama's economics. "On fiscal policy," he warns, "we are absolutely heading off a cliff."

The video clocks in at just over 8 minutes. Shot and edited by Dan Hayes.

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