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Why Capitalism?

IS_Econ_WC — with David Gordon

Cost: $49   Length: 5 Lectures
Format: Independent Study
Status: Open for enrollment

About the Course

Forget Ronald Reagan; Henry Hazlitt was the true “great communicator.” Especially in his classic work Economics in One Lesson, Hazlitt brings to bear his prodigious writing talents, honed through his long career as a journalist, to make the case for the free market to the lay reader.

Ludwig von Mises was a master theorist who made hugely important contributions to economic science. Yet, he too was a master communicator. Especially in his popular essays and in his speeches, he explained the wondrously beneficial workings of the market economy with clarity and force.

This course explores how capitalism lifts men from poverty to plenty, using a selection of Hazlitt’s and Mises’s best writing.


All readings for this course are free, available online, and provided to students in a fully-hyperlinked syllabus.

Independent Study

Independent study courses are courses that were presented live in the past. These courses are now offered at a discount to anyone who wants to study independently. All courses include lecture recordings, slides, a complete hyper-linked syllabus, automatically-graded quizzes, and a discussion forum. Professors are not available for academic support for these independent study courses.

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