Courses on History

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The Future of Libertarianism

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

01/12/2010Audio/Video
Rothbard explains why he is optimistic. The norm of civilization has been despotism and statism. The quantum quality change in history has been the Industrial Revolution from mid-18th Century to mid-19th. Only the free market, libertarian society can expand this viable and moral industrialism.
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The Inflationary Boom of the 1920s

Booms and BustsU.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/12/2010Audio/Video
The Industrial Revolution and the development of the modern banking system were the two big things that happened in the Eighteenth Century in Britain. Why does the boom-bust cycle emerge? Is the cycle just a natural part of industry, or is it caused by the banking system?
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The New Deal and the Post-War International Monetary System

Global EconomyMoney and BanksU.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/12/2010Audio/Video
The World Economic Conference of 1933 met to deal with America's Great Depression, but, without consulting anyone, FDR declared that the U.S. would not agree to the proposal because he wanted to take the U.S. off the gold standard in order to inflate the dollar. The gold-supporting British and...
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The Progressive Era Triple Alliance: Government as Cartellizer (continued)

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/12/2010Audio/Video
The state must invest in human beings the same way you invest in cattle on a farm. This progressive corporatist view was behind the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation. Industrial solutions were to be strictly scientific, e.g. minimum wage laws, public works, and government concentration camps (...
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The Inflationary Boom of the 1920s (continued)

Booms and BustsU.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/12/2010Audio/Video
Republican policy has always been high tariffs, keeping foreign goods out. But, then the US would lend those countries money to be able to pay for our higher-priced exports. This peculiar foreign-lending scheme included farm goods. Until 1928 there was an enormous foreign lending boom. The stock...
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The Progressive Era Triple Alliance: Government as Cartellizer

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/11/2010Audio/Video
The progressive period birthed the cancerous growth of the welfare/warfare state, fake capitalism, the middle way, neomercantilism, and the corporate state. Morgan and Rockefeller men warred with each other over many issues and many generations.
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The Rise of Big Business: The Failure of Trusts and Cartels (continued)

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/11/2010Audio/Video
Despite the drive for monopoly, only oil, sugar and corn products ended up dominated by a particular company. Bigger was not better. Biggest was not best. Smaller and more mobile was more competitive. Major inventions are still coming from small firms.
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The Rise of Big Business: The Failure of Trusts and Cartels

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/09/2010Audio/Video
In the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th, the rise of big business on the free market could not create monopolies and cartels. Only government could do that. Government tried. Government failed.
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2. Exploration: The Finding, Founding, and Discovery of the New World

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/08/2010Audio/Video
Why did people move to the new world? The benefits outweighed the costs. The explorers were driven by the economic philosophy of mercantilism. Government and business partnered to build a nation state. Money was thought to be wealth, but it is not. Government ships, soldiers, and subsidies gave the...
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1. Why Should We Study History, In the First Place?

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology

01/08/2010Audio/Video
The study of U.S. history seen through the lens of economic theory teaches us lessons like: (1) Why did America do so well economically?, (2) Why do we have the problems of war, terrorism, and immigration?, (3) What results from the growth of government?, ...
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