Monopoly: How the Original Version Was Made to Condemn Monopolies

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The great capitalist game of Monopoly was first marketed by Parker Brothers back in February 1935, right in the middle of the Great Depression. Even during hard times, Americans could still imagine amassing a fortune and securing a monopoly on the real estate market. When it comes to making money, Americans never run out of optimism and hope.


David Harvey’s Course on Marx’s Capital: Volumes 1 & 2 Now Available Free Online

≡ Category: Economics, Philosophy, Politics |1 Comment

For many people, the arguments and analysis of Karl Marx’s three-volume Das Kapital (or Capital: A Critique of Political Economy) are as relevant as ever. For many others, the work is a historical curiosity, dated relic, or worse.


Werner Herzog, Morgan Spurlock & Other Stars Explain Economic Theory in 20 Short Films

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Morgan Spurlock is a filmmaker who has long found catchy ways of getting his point across. For his breakout movie, Super Size Me (available on Hulu), he sought to illustrate just how truly awful fast food is for you by subsisting solely on McDonald’s for a month. His diet literally almost killed him.


Everyday Economics: A New Course by Marginal Revolution University Where Students Create the Syllabus

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In 2012, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors at George Mason University, launched Marginal Revolution University (otherwise known as MRUniversity) which delivers free, interactive courses in the economics space.


Piketty’s Capital in a Nutshell

≡ Category: Books, Economics |9 Comments

It’s hard to fathom, but somehow Thomas Piketty’s 696-page book Capital in the Twenty-First Century is No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list.


Milton Friedman & John Kenneth Galbraith’s Present Their Opposing Economic Philosophies on Two TV Series (1977-1980)

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Do Milton Friedman and John Kenneth Galbraith debate in that great economics department in the sky? Both men died in 2006, after remarkably long and distinguished careers as two of the most widely read economists of the 20th century, yet I can only with great difficulty imagine them ever agreeing.


The History of Economics & Economic Theory Explained with Comics, Starting with Adam Smith

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“Everyone has questions about the economy. I started looking for the answers in economics. I found enough insights to get me interested, but I couldn’t seem to make the insights add up. I went back to the original sources, the great economists, and started to see a big picture.


Slavoj Žižek on the Feel-Good Ideology of Starbucks

≡ Category: Business, Economics |5 Comments

Back in 2010, we presented an animated video where Slavoj Žižek, our favorite Slovenian theorist, identified a new trend in modern capitalism. Nowadays, marketers have found a crafty way to rework Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic.


Take a Free Course on the Financial Markets with Robert Shiller, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

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This morning, the Nobel Prize in Economic Science went to three American professors — Eugene F. Fama (U. Chicago), Lars Peter Hansen (U. Chicago) and Robert J. Shiller (Yale) — “for their empirical analysis of asset prices.


Read Marx’s Capital with David Harvey, and Then Help Translate His Free Course Into 36 Languages

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Here’s an update to our original 2011 post: The social theorist and geographer David Harvey has produced a free online course where he gives a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (1867).


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