The Science of Political Economy Before and After Henry George
6:30 PM EDT | Mondays
Part 1 – 10/18, 10/25, 11/01, 11/08, 11/15
Part 2 – 1/03, 1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07
What is political economy? How did Henry George and his predecessors define it, and what’s left of it today?
Join us as we explore the field of political economy with an eye to establishing the subject on a scientific foundation. This 10-lesson course, divided in two parts, will examine early moral and ethical teachings on land followed by a discussion of George’s contribution and legacy. We will also evaluate the responses from George’s contemporaries and beyond.
The instructor, Dan Sullivan, is a Georgist scholar, former President of the Council of Georgist Organizations (CGO), and Director of Saving Communities, a Pennsylvania based association that promotes fiscal integrity and economic justice.
Part one: Moral and Ethical Teachings on Land prior to George
Dates: Mondays: 10/18, 10/25, 11/01, 11/08, 11/15; from 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Lesson one: Ancient and biblical teachings.
Lesson two: Power over reason: From common law to degenerate feudalism.
Lesson three: North America: Colonists, natives and exceptionalism
Lesson four: Reason over power: The enlightenment
Lesson five: How Marx derailed the left and saved the landed aristocracy
Part two: Responses to George
Dates: Mondays: 1/03, 1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07; from 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Lesson one: George’s immediate predecessors and contemporaries
Lesson two: Marxists and monopolists attack
Lesson three: The great debacle: income tax and the Federal Reserve
Lesson four: Redefining the terms (Orwellian economics)
Lesson five: Identity politics as the enemy of reform.