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Socialism Course: Introduction

  • Waterfall is a guided, in-depth program for everyone interested in studying systematically issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.
  • Executive Summaries written by Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Researcher Andrei Volkov, and others are provided for the longer items to give busy people an essentialized overview and/or to highlight the key themes for those who will pursue the in-depth reading.
  • This course: Socialism. Examine the aspirations, arguments, strategies, and disasters of socialist theory and practice—as well as explore the strongest criticisms of socialism—from many philosophers, economists, and historians such as Karl Marx, Ludwig von Mises, and, of course, Ayn Rand.
  • Authors included in the Socialism course: Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Robert Heilbroner, Alan Charles Kors, George Orwell, Michael Harrington, Ludwig von Mises, Stephen Hicks, Jennifer Grossmann, Steven Horwitz, and C.S. Lewis.
  • Links to thirteen additional recommended items about the morality, economics, politics, and history of socialism are provided for those wanting further study.
Socialists Define Socialism
Week 1
Socialists Define Socialism
Week 1
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
Week 2
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
Week 2
Vladimir Lenin, “How to Organize Competition”
Week 3
Vladimir Lenin, “How to Organize Competition”
Week 3
Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis
Week 4
Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis
Week 4
Robert Heilbroner, “Socialism”
Week 5
Robert Heilbroner, “Socialism”
Week 5
Ayn Rand, “The Left: Old and New”
Week 6
Ayn Rand, “The Left: Old and New”
Week 6
Stephen Hicks, "Your Sex Life Under Socialism"
Week 7
Stephen Hicks, "Your Sex Life Under Socialism"
Week 7
George Orwell, “Review of The Totalitarian Enemy by F. Borkenau”
Week 8
George Orwell, “Review of The Totalitarian Enemy by F. Borkenau”
Week 8
Alan Charles Kors, “Socialism’s Legacy: Lest We Forget”
Week 9
Alan Charles Kors, “Socialism’s Legacy: Lest We Forget”
Week 9
Can Socialism be Democratic?
Week 10
Can Socialism be Democratic?
Week 10
Religion and Socialism
Week 11
Religion and Socialism
Week 11
Socialism Data
Week 12
Socialism Data
Week 12
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