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Radical Capitalism

By Dr. William Kline

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There are those who advocate the benefit of market economies and then there are radicals for capitalism. From privatizing the police to abolishing the Federal Reserve, radical capitalist thinkers, and their followers, argue that markets are more efficient and morally superior than government. This class examines the philosophical ideas and social movement spawned by these thinkers. This class especially focuses on debates within radical capitalist theory and the divisions this has created. The works of Hayek, Mises, Nozick, Rand, and Rothbard will figure centrally in this course. Issues critically examined within this course include the legitimacy of government, the nature of the market, the morality of selfishness, conflicts between utility and rights, and the private provision of what are typically considered government services.

Customer Reviews

Unprepared and Wandering

I was excited to see the opportunity to listen in on the "Atlas Shrugged" portion of these lectures - not because of the lecturer, but because of the topic. Unfortunately, while it seems clear that the lecturer has at least read the book, it is equally clear that little effort was spent preparing his lectures. This is a complex topic, and the unfocused approach of offering to talk about whatever the class wants to learn really does a disservice to the students and the topic. From the questions posed by members of the class, one can easily tell that the students not only don't know what they want to learn, they have little idea what the book or its concepts are all about. It is the responsibility of the lecturer to lead the class through this difficult material by (at least) providing a reasonable framework within which students can come to put together the key concepts that should be being taught. Lamentably, he has failed.

Nice intro to radical Libertarian/Objectivist thought

I really enjoyed listening to this and loved his fair and even style. Yes, he rambles a bit and some of the discussion is tedious, but the discussion of Atlas Shrugged as a novel and a philosophy was captivating (straddling that divide).

I'm a bit confused though since it seems to break off before the course is over??? is there more?

Good discussion

I'm suspicious of the one star reviews here. I suspect they are from Rand haters. The course is intended to be a seminar, I believe, and not a lecture, for one thing. Dr. Kline obviously knows Rand's work well. I wouldn't say he is a master of the philosophy of Objectivism, but he does not claim to be. In fact, early on he says that he's not an objectivist.
The material discussed is excellent, the professor knows the material well, and the students that speak up are intelligent and engaged. So, five stars from me. Give it a listen and be objective ; ). There's a lot to learn here.