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02-08-2012 07:29 AM
I recommend this for this list, especially some of the neocons like Bruce.
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Starting Tonight: Learn About Anarcho-Capitalism Online
*Instructor:* Robert P. Murphy
*Cost:* *$59* (50% off!)
*Dates:* August 1 – September 5, 2012
*Length:* Six weeks, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Eastern
Just about everyone is drawn to the libertarian respect for property
rights. Yet most people draw back from fully embracing property rights, and
taking libertarianism to its fulfillment in “anarcho-capitalism” or
free-market anarchy. “Sure,” the cynics say, “it would be great to live in
a society without the government and taxes, but who would write the laws?
Who would protect it from foreign invasion?”
We will provide detailed answers to these and other questions in my online
is a six-week course, starting on August 1, with summer pricing of
$59. After taking this class, you will realize that the Founders who called
government a “necessary evil” were only half right.
*The Scope of the Class*
The weekly topics are: (1) Private Law I, (2) Private Law II, (3) Private
Defense, (4) Common Objections, (5) Historical Applications, and (6) How We
Get There. In the first three weeks, we’ll sketch an outline of how a truly
free society—with no agency holding the power to tax or monopolize any type
of service—could codify and defend property rights, and how it could defend
itself from foreign conquest. (Click on the nearby image for the course
syllabus.) Naturally we can’t say exactly what a free society would look
like—libertarians don’t have the hubris of central planners. Even so, we
can explain how market forces would lead to a much more peaceful and
prosperous society than one plagued by a parasitical and violent State.
In the fourth week, we will deal with common objections to the mechanisms
we had earlier described, including: “Wouldn’t the mafia take over?” “The
biggest defense agency would turn into a de facto State!” “Why couldn’t a
convict appeal his case indefinitely?” and so on.
In the fifth week, we will discuss several historical episodes that
illustrate the power of voluntary communities to solve conflicts in a
relatively peaceful manner. We will see that not just in theory, but in
practice, you don’t help a group of people by anointing a small fraction of
them “the authorities” who get all the guns and make all the rules.
Finally, in the sixth week we tackle what may be the toughest challenge of
all: After seeing the elegance and feasibility of a society with no
institutionalized coercion, people want to know, “How can we make this a
reality?” Relying on insights from Étienne de la Boétie, Murray Rothbard,
and even Gandhi, we will explore various possibilities.
*The Structure of the Class*
The live video lecture will be on Wednesday nights. (All video events will
be recorded in case you have a scheduling conflict.) On a typical night I
will provide a prepared lecture from 6:30pm Eastern time until 7:45. The
remaining 15 minutes will be devoted to live Q&A (with any leftover
questions answered in written form in the online Forum).
In addition to the main lecture on Wednesday, on Saturday I will hold
“office hours” at various times of day, to cater to different students.
This is an optional block of time where I will be on call to provide live
video answers to the questions posed by students who want to tune in. To
repeat, this is optional, meaning it is not necessary to attend the “office
hours” Saturday sessions in order to do well on the quizzes or final exam.
Each week I will assign 1 – 2 hours of readings to accompany the lecture. I
will also provide optional readings for advanced students who want to push
the analysis deeper than the introductory level that we will provide for
For those who want to receive an official grade, there will be a multiple
choice quiz every week, as well as a final exam. Of course, students who
merely want to watch the lectures can audit the course without having to
take any tests.
The vision of a truly free society, in which no one could legally violate
the property rights of anyone, is one of the most exciting topics in
libertarian analysis. (Read my essay, “But Wouldn’t Warlords Take
a quick taste of the issues involved.) If you want to explore
anarcho-capitalism further, I encourage you to join
the first class on August 1.
The video lectures are online. Lectures will be *Wednesday evenings,
6:30-8:00 pm Eastern Time.* They will be recorded and made available for
enrolled students to download.
All readings will be free and online. A full hyper-linked syllabus with
readings for each weekly topic will be available for all students.
Grades and Certificates
The final grade will depend on quizzes. Taking the course for a grade is
optional. This course is worth 3 credits in our own internal system. Feel
free to ask your school to accept Mises Academy credits. You will receive a
digital Certificate of Completion for this course if you take it for a
grade, and a Certificate of Participation if you take it on a paid-audit
If you drop the course during its first week (7 calendar days), you will
receive a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee. If you drop the course
during its second week, you will receive a half refund. No refunds will be
granted following the second week.
Robert P. Murphy
An adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute. He runs the blog Free
is the author of Chaos
The Politically Incorrect Guide to
the Study Guide to Man, Economy, and State with Power and
the Human Action Study
and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the
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