#EconlibReads offers reading groups on a regular basis. Each Group will focus on a particular topic, and a common set of readings will form the basis for our discussions. Our sister sites, AdamSmithWorks and the Online Library of Liberty offer similar groups.

Participation is offered at no-cost, and there is no need to be an expert on the topic for discussion! In fact, these reading groups are designed to be appropriate for people engaging with the topic at hand for the first time as well as for established scholars. The only requirement is that participants be eager to read and engage in civil conversation.

 

 

October VRG: Economics and Liberty in Cory Doctorow’s Dystopias, with Renee Wilmeth

In these readings of Cory Doctorow’s work and selections from Adam Smith, we will examine the ethical dilemmas which are as relevant in today’s technical age as they were in Smith’s 18th Century. Themes centered around privacy, copyright, ethics, social justice, and community should generate fruitful discussions for economists, technology developers, legal scholars, gamers, social justice scholars, and science fiction lovers as we explore Smith’s connections to today – and tomorrow.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants will need to acquire their own copies of Doctorow (some are available on his website.) Participants who complete ALL FOUR sessions will receive an Amazon e-gift certificate.

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Readings and Sessions are as follows:

Session One (Tuesday, October 5, 2-3pm EDT):  Ethics, Justice, and Community

Unauthorized Bread, novella from Radicalized: Four Tales of our Present Moment  by Cory Doctorow (p9-109)

The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Pt II, Section II, Of Justice and Beneficence Ch 1-3 (p 78-91)

Wealth of Nations, Vol II, Book V, Chapter 1, Part II, Of the Expence of Justice (p 708-714)

Session Two (Tuesday, October 12, 2-3 pm EDT):  Human Economics and Moral Dilemmas

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (ISBN: 978-1250196385)  Chapters 1-6

The Wealth of Nations, Book II, Chapter II, Of Money considered as a particular Branch of the general Stock of the Society, or of the Expence of maintain the National Capital (p286-297)

Session Three (Tuesday, October 19, 2-3pm EDT):  Generational Considerations in Technology and Ethics

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, Chapters 7-10

The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Pt II, Section III, On the Influence of Fortune upon the Sentiments of Mankind (p 92-108)

Session Four (Tuesday, October 26, 2-3pm EDT):  Allegories of the Future Present

Anda’s Game, short story from the book Overclocked: More Stories of the Future Present by Cory Doctorow  (p 66-105

Petard: A Tale of Just Desserts, short story from the book Overclocked: More Stories of the Future Present, by Cory Doctorow (p 399-439)

 

November-December VRG: Steve Horwitz’s Hayek’s Modern Family, with Amy Willis

“Scholars within the Hayekian-Austrian tradition of classical liberalism have done virtually no work on the family as an economic and social institution…[Horwitz] offers a classical liberal theory of the family, taking Hayekian social theory as the main analytical framework.” Join us to discuss what Horwitz considered to be one of his finest scholarly achievements over four sessions, led by Econlib’s Amy Willis.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants will need to acquire their own copies of Horwitz’s book. Participants who complete ALL FOUR sessions will receive an Amazon e-gift certificate.

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Readings and Sessions are as follows:

Session One (Monday, November 29, 2-3pm EST):  Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions

Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions, Part I (pp. 3-48)

Session Two (Wednesday, December 1, 2-3 pm EST):  Capitalism and the Creation of the Modern Family

Hayek’s Modern Family, Part II (pp. 51-134)

Session Three (Monday, December 6, 2-3pm EST):  The Twenty-First Century Family

Hayek’s Modern Family, Part III (pp.137- 205)

Session Four (Wednesday, December 8, 2-3pm EST):  Classical Liberalism and Family Policy

Hayek’s Modern Family, Part IV (pp. 209-264)

 

 

 

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