Henry Hazlitt Meets Ayn Rand: Economics and Objectivism, United for Freedom
with Raymond Niles
12 hours total | 8 sessions, beginning May 5, 2021
Integrate the basic principles of economics with those of Objectivism and become an intellectual powerhouse in the fight for freedom and capitalism.
What do you get when you marry the economic clarity of Henry Hazlitt with the philosophic objectivity of Ayn Rand? Answer: The most powerful tool in the ‘verse for advancing liberty.
Join Raymond Niles for an integrative study of economics and Objectivism, the basic principles of each, and their practical significance in the fight for a future of freedom.
You will learn:
- Why production and trade are fundamentally driven by reason and self-interest—and why grasping this principle is essential to making the moral case for capitalism;
- How supply and demand jointly determine market prices, and why establishing and maintaining freedom for this “pricing mechanism” to work is in everyone’s self-interest;
- Why coercive policies, such as wage controls and tariffs, harm all parties involved—employers and employees, job-holders and job-seekers, businesses and customers, exporters and importers;
- What free-market banking is, why it is in everyone’s self-interest, and why government intervention in banking is morally and economically disastrous;
- Why free markets result in better and safer health care, food, travel, education, etc.
If you want the most powerful tool in the world for advancing freedom and capitalism, this course is for you. By integrating the principles of economics with those of Objectivism, you will equip yourself to think, write, and speak in support of freedom with greater confidence and efficacy.
All sessions are recorded, so if you miss a session (or want to review), you can watch the recording at your convenience.
Ray holds a PhD in economics from George Mason University and an MBA in finance and economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He has taught economics at the university level and worked for fifteen years on Wall Street as a senior equity research analyst at several leading Wall Street firms, and as managing partner of a hedge fund. He is a senior fellow and columnist for the American Institute for Economic Research, a contributor to The Objective Standard, and has authored two book chapters.
Course & Session Schedule
- May 5, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
- May 12, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
- May 19, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
- May 26, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
- June 2, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
- June 9, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
- June 16, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
- June 23, 2021, 9:30–11:00am PT
How the Course Works
This course is interactive and discussion-driven, so enrollment is limited. Register early to secure your spot.
The course is held live on a video conferencing app called Zoom, which you can download for free here. Sessions are video recorded, so if you miss a session (or want to review), you can watch the recording.
The course is 12 hours long, consisting of 8 sessions of 1.5 hours each. Homework assignments are optional. Doing them may require an additional hour or more per week but will greatly enhance what you learn in this course.
Course handouts and supplementary materials are delivered via email. Course participants are invited to an exclusive OSI Courses group on Facebook, where they can post questions and engage in discussions with the instructor and other participants.
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