For Unit 2, these 4 posts/essays are required readings. Links to these readings are below. The first two posts are essays I wrote for last year’s (2015) class of Comparative Econ Systems. The third one is a post from the New York Times recently.  And the last one is from some time ago on my general blog,


Unit 2- RoadMap from Divison to 1 Planet

An Intellectual Road Map – Same Planet, Same Challenges This Unit of the course is supposed to be about ideologies and the different systems they produce. Traditionally that’s meant capitalism, socialism, and communism.  But first, let’s take a look at what we might call a “topical road map” to economic systems. Speaking as a professor,… Read More »

Unit 2-Capitalism vs Socialism vs Communism – The Clash (long)

 Capitalism vs. Socialism: The Background Ideology and The First World A lot of people argue about communism, capitalism, and socialism. These are questions of ideology. In political discussions people easily throw around the labels “socialist” or “greedy capitalist”. In the 2008 U.S. presidential election some Republicans accused Barak Obama of being a “socialist”. On the… Read More »


Mary Tyler Moore in “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Though the Internet and video games were not yet invented, life over all in the 1960s did not look that different. Credit The Hudson River Museum

Take a look back at some of the most popular TV programs of the mid-1960s — “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Bewitched,” even “The Beverly Hillbillies” — and what do you see?