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Broken Capitalism

Econ_BC_2013_C — with David Gordon

Dates: June 18, 2013 - July 23, 2013
Status: Closed

This course will use some of the best writing of Henry Hazlitt and Ludwig von Mises to study state intervention into the market and its pernicious effects.

Lectures

Lectures will be Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Tentative Syllabus

Week 1
Economic Policy by Ludwig von Mises | Third Lecture: “Interventionism”
Week 2
Interventionism: An Economic Analysis by Ludwig von Mises | Introduction
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt | Chs. 1 “The Lesson,” 2 “The Broken Window,” and 3 “The Blessings of Destruction”
Week 3
Interventionism: An Economic Analysis by Ludwig von Mises | Ch. 1 “Interference by Restriction”
Rothbard | The Free Market (Making Economic Sense) and Myth 10 (“Ten Great Economic Myths”)
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt | Ch. 11 “Who’s ‘Protected’ by Tariffs”
Week 4
Interventionism: An Economic Analysis by Ludwig von Mises | Ch. 2 “Interference by Price Control”
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt | Chs. 17 “Government Price Fixing” and 18 “Minimum Wage Laws”
Week 5
Interventionism: An Economic Analysis by Ludwig von Mises | Ch. 3 “Inflation and Credit” Expansion
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt | Ch. 22 “The Mirage of Inflation”
Week 6
Interventionism: An Economic Analysis by Ludwig von Mises | Ch. 4 “Confiscation and Subsidies”
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt | Chs. 5 “Taxes Discourage Production” and 14 “Saving the X Industry”

Readings

All readings will be free and online. A fully hyper-linked syllabus with readings for each weekly topic will be available for all students.

Grades and Certificates

The final grade will depend on quizzes. Taking the course for a grade is optional. This course is worth 3 credits in the Mises Academy. Feel free to ask your school to accept Mises Academy credits. You will receive a digital Certificate of Completion for this course if you take it for a grade, and a Certificate of Participation if you take it on a paid-audit basis.

Refund Policy

If you drop the course during its first week (7 calendar days), you will receive a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee. If you drop the course during its second week, you will receive a half refund. No refunds will be granted following the second week.