Economics with Justice Part 2: Ideas

"The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else" - John Maynard Keynes

Welcome to Economics with Justice Part 2: Ideas. Classes will be offered remotely via Zoom, until the building reopens.

This course examines some of the key ideas that powerfully influence the way we think and the way we relate to others in the world economic community.

Through challenging presentations and lively discussion, we explore the possibility of stepping free of them to appreciate a greater sense of justice for humanity.

Economics with Justice Part 2 can be attended before or after Part 3: Growth, allowing you to learn about the areas of this fascinating subject that are of most interest to you.

Enrol today for the autumn term. Sessions are an hour long.

1. What rules us?

The origins of economic science

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2. What do we own?

Private property by Locke and Blackstone

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3. What motivates us and who benefits?

The 'invisible hand' of Adam Smith

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4. Is there enough for all?

Doubts by Ricardo and Malthus

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5. Can we replace the market?

Utilitarian Bentham and radical Marx

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6. How do we meet social needs?

Social developments, land enclosure and Henry George

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7. How do we value and set a price?

Neo-classical Marshall and the theory of the firm.

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8. At the last resort, what do we turn to?

20th century catastrophe and Keynes

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9. Is it freedom from all or freedom for all?

Monetarist Friedman or natural law

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10. Which way forward?

Consensus and economic justice

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