The Great Debate: Marxism vs. The Market

This fall 2020 Mancur Olson Reading Group, titled The Great Debate: Marxism vs. The Market, is open to all NDSU undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a $500 scholarship.

Led by Dr. James Caton, scholars will explore the great debate between the competing economic systems of socialism and free market capitalism. Students will discuss the merits and criticisms of each system and their path forward in America in 2020. All texts will be provided and given to the scholars to keep.

Meetings: Tuesdays from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Reading texts:

  • The Best of Karl Marx by Phil Magness
  • Marxism: For and Against by Robert L. Heilbroner
  • Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy by Stephen A. Resnick and Richard D. Wolff
  • Collectivist Economic Planning edited by F.A. Hayek
  • Rivalry and Central Planning by Don Lavoie
  • On the Economic Theory of Socialism by Oskar Lange and Fred M. Taylor

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Society vs. the Environment?

This fall 2020 Mancur Olson Reading Group, titled Society vs. the Environment?, is open to all NDSU undergraduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a $500 scholarship.

Led by Dr. Veeshan Rayamajhee, scholars will explore how human societies around the world interact with their environments. We will examine the conditions necessary to maintain the delicate balance between using the environment for immediate benefits and preserving it for future use. We will discuss themes such as environmental conservation, institutions, property rights, and governance. 

Meetings: Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Reading texts:

  • The Not So Wild Wild West by Terry L. Anderson and Peter J. Hill
  • Governing the Commons by Elinor Ostrom

This application is closed.

 

 

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