Lecture #2 for my Capitalism & Socialism course is tomorrow night, and I’m still working on getting the fancy computer machines and interwebs to do what I want them to do with respect to writing quizzes over the readings and lectures, but that should all be fixed by tomorrow. The quizzes are going to be pretty basic and will basically be a way to check whether or not you got the high points of the lecture and readings. If you’re taking an Academy course and really want to take it to the next level, I recommend the following:
1. Write a short summary of the lecture and readings. Aim for brevity rather than length. Post it on your blog, as a comment on the Mises blog, or somewhere else. I’ll start adding posts about our class meetings, and you can post your summaries in the comment section.
2. Defend a contrary position. Write a brief essay (500 to 1000 words) in which you try to show that the key claims made in the lectures and readings are wrong. Post it somewhere, whether it’s on your blog, as a comment on the Mises blog, etc., and use it as a jumping-off point into a conversation about the possibility and efficacy of different combinations of common property and private property institutions.