Economics for the Rest of Us series

Free Skool discussion series hosted by John Peck (an underpaid part-time economics instructor at Madison College among other things…)

Where: Madison Info Shop

When: Mondays at 6:30 PM starting October 21st

It has been called the “dismal science” and even an “advance form of brain disease,” but economics can actually be useful, radicalizing, and empowering if approached in a different way!   Are people greedy or altruistic?  What is value and wealth?   Is competition or cooperation more efficient?

In this five part series, meeting on different Mondays at 6:30 PM from Oct. through Jan. at 6:30 pm at the Madison Infoshop (1019 Williamson St.), we’ll explore some of the major schools of economic thinking (neoclassical, institutionalist, neomarxist),  the ways they look at the world, and the “solutions” they propose to economic challenges that face all human societies.

The proposed series schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

Mon. Oct. 21st
Kickoff Discussion – overview of basic economic concepts and conventional assumptions

Mon. Nov. 18th
Land & Property – What is it?  Who decides who owns what?  Why can I no longer save seeds?

Mon. Dec. 16th
Work & Labor – How is value produced?  Who benefits?  Why do I hate my job so much?

Mon. Jan. 13th
Capital & Debt – Who owes whom what?  How is money created?  Are banks even necessary?

Mon. Jan. 27th
Wrap-Up Discussion – if we created our own economic system from scratch what would it look like?

Short background readings will be made available prior to each session.  While the discussion will build upon itself over time, folks are also welcome to just drop in at any point.  If you have further questions or to get on the contact list for this Free Skool series, contact:


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