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Hans-Hermann Hoppe presents a thorough reconstruction of the foundation of economics, social theory, and politics. Sweeping in scope and powerfully persuasive, these ten lectures are the basis of a grand treatise in the Misesian-Rothbardian tradition.Download the complete audio of this event (ZIP) here.

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Hans-Hermann Hoppe presents a thorough reconstruction of the foundation of economics, social theory, and politics. Sweeping in scope and powerfully persuasive, these ten lectures are the basis of a grand treatise in the Misesian-Rothbardian tradition.Download the complete audio of this event (ZIP) here.

    1. The Nature of Man and the Human Condition: Language, Property, and Production

    1. The Nature of Man and the Human Condition: Language, Property, and Production

    What condition does mankind find itself in? Language, property and production are elements unique to mankind. Humans are social animals. Cooperation is normal. Language permits direct communication. Animals can’t abstract in the way humans can. They can form sounds but not words. Animals cannot make inferences explicitly. Animals do not have what we call self-consciousness (reflection). 

    2. The Spread of Humans Around the World: The Extension and Intensification of the Division of Labor

    2. The Spread of Humans Around the World: The Extension and Intensification of the Division of Labor

    Humans across the globe develop the division of labor. Hunter gatherers had limited association with each other. Languages were many and varied. Division of labor was only within their tribes. Agricultural life allowed many more people to live in settlements and capital could be accumulated for the first time. 

    3. Money and Monetary Integration: The Growth of Cities and the Globalization of Trade

    3. Money and Monetary Integration: The Growth of Cities and the Globalization of Trade

    The next element in human development is that of money and the growth of cities and trade. Why is there division of labor and why is there money? Hoppe covers why people do not remain in self-sufficient isolation even when they could and even if everybody hated everybody else. As long as every person wants to have more rather than less, division of labor occurs.

    4. Time Preference, Capital, Technology, and Economic Growth

    4. Time Preference, Capital, Technology, and Economic Growth

    The theory of time preference, capital, technology and economic growth will be viewed through both theoretical and historical elements. People have a preference for satisfaction earlier as compared to satisfaction later. Capital goods allow greater production, but this requires saving now, not consuming now.

    5. The Wealth of Nations: Ideology, Religion, Biology, and Environment

    5. The Wealth of Nations: Ideology, Religion, Biology, and Environment

    Ideological factors, especially comparative religions, are considered. Until 1500, China was the most developed region on the globe. Confucianism has no promise of an afterlife. There are no miracles for them. They are realistic and rational. Confucius is not a god or prophet. He is revered as a great teacher. His teachings are compatible with capitalism. 

    6. The Production of Law and Order: Natural Order, Feudalism, and Federalism

    6. The Production of Law and Order: Natural Order, Feudalism, and Federalism

    Correlations between IQ and GDP of countries exist. Without the state, what natural order evolves? Details of the theory of private property are given as the means for society to survive. People own themselves and have never doubted that the instruments that they produce are theirs as well. This extended visibly to certain land territories.

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