Political and Economic Leadership
I’ve been teaching economics at the college level since 2004. Many of my students who come to class on the first day have little interest in the topic. Why? Because they have paid scant attention to current events and the political discussions that always accompany a discussion of economic policy. In my courses, we examine current events, applying the lense of the Austrian School of economic theory to interpret how society solves the basic economic problem: How do we make choices in a world where we have limited resources, but unlimited wants. By the time the course is finished, and I ask them to tell me what they’ve learned, a common response is: “Wow, I had no idea about how the economy and politics are connected.”
Today, ordinary people are awakening to the severe economic and political “fiscal cliff” we are about to go over. Each of us, in our own way, need to provide leadership born out of an understanding of the events that engulf us. To quote I Chronicles 12:32, we need “the sons of Issachar; men who understand the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.” We need leaders, not lemmings, and so through this section of my website, I’d like to suggest following a process I simply call L.E.A.D.:
Without understanding, we cannot lead. Therefore, the first step in becoming modern day Sons of Issachar is to learn about the basic issues that confront us. By clicking the icon for this page, you’ll go to the page “Learn about the Political Economy.” On that page, I’ve chosen nine speeches that examine various economic, historical, and constitutuional topics that will help you better understand the issues of the day. Additionally, I’ve loaded a play list of clips from a PBS documentary titled “The Commanding Heights: The Battle of Ideas.” When you visit that page, be sure to click the link I’ve embedded to get a free copy of my e-book, “The Gray Champion: Searching for a President with 2020 Vision.”
Economics is sometimes called “The Dismal Science.” But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with the topic. Barnyard Economics is a video series I have created in order to examine current economic policies using themes with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor. Borrowing from George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm, this page displays some short video cartoon illustrations I’ve created to take an entertaining look at selected issues of our day.
Each episode features a debate on how Napoleon’s policies are affecting life “down on the farm,” and then presents some data and quotes related to the “real world.” Each video is less than 4 minutes long, so enjoy!
Issues will change from day to day, and it can be hard to know what to read in order to simply keep up! On this page, I’ll pull blog post feeds from such publications as The Economist, The Heritage Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute’s Social and Cultural Blog, and the Von Mises Institute.
And,I’ll even throw in a blog post of my own from time to time. You’ll want to come back to this page regularly!
Information without application is worthless. How will you apply what you’ve learned? When you click on this page, I’ll provide you with links to courses you can take that can help you prepare to share the knowledge and information you’ve gained from learning about the political economy – including how to blog for profit, design webpages, and create courses on subjects you care about. When you click on them, you’ll be taken to a website called Udemy. You’ll need to create a user name and password. YES, if you purchase a course I’ve linked to, I get a small commission. But, I think you’ll find these courses particularly useful in helping you develop and deliver your message.