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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

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.

Dont waste your time

This is completely unlistenable. I can't even comment on the content, because obviously very little thought was put into how this course would work in an audio-only context, which is to say, it doesn't.