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Spring 2013 First-Year Seminar BC1297 section 001
|Day & Time
308 Diana Center
|Course Description||The authors of the Declaration of Independence held as self-evident that “all men are created equal… endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The meaning of these words, especially their relationship to the economy and the state, has evolved since the words were penned. Today they are the subject of a passionate political struggle. This course examines the thinking about capitalism and freedom from the classical liberals, including Locke, Smith and Tocqueville, through to today’s conservative movement and its opponents. Readings contrast selections from the “conservative cannon,” including Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, with several liberal or progressive counterparts. We will read Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed; Michael Lewis, Liar’s Poker; and conclude by examining the landmark Supreme Court case, Citizens United.|
|Department||First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard|
|Enrollment||16 students as of 11:19PM Wednesday, May 22, 2013|
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