A History of Revolutionary Ideas

Had a great opportunity recently with the support of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Free Trade for a seminar series at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture I’m calling “A History of Revolutionary Ideas”.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to hold a St. John’s College style seminar course among the very thoughtful people that attend Institute events and to continue to work closely with the O’Neil Center, who sponsored my fall of 2018 class “A History of Austrian Economics”.

The intent behind the class was to closely read some of the works that had a significant impact on the major revolutionary trends of the past 300 years. Our approach was limited to the text with little to no historical context discussed. We wanted to take the ideas as ideas, and not layer in other information that could distract us from determining if the ideas were logically expressed.

The last reading is less something that has spurred a revolution and more an analysis of causes of the most revolutionary periods in human history, which is the period between 1848 and present day when average income globally went from $3/day to $3000/day.

Here are the readings that we studied, one per week:

Intro and Part I: Mill and Locke

Part II: Rousseau and De Tocqueville

Part III: Marx

Part VI: Intro and Deirdre McCloskey*

*Can’t share this due to copyright, but we did the Appeal and first 18 pages of the Apology in “Bourgeois Virtues”.

Originally published at http://quodlibertas.wordpress.com on March 26, 2019.



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