Great Economic Thinkers

Int 355   2017

My particular input into this course will deal with the lives and ideas of Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes and how their revolutionary thinking can be applied to some of today's problems (2008 subprimes crash, structural weaknesses of the Euro, debt-control within the European Union, a change from a solidarity to predatory EU model). By understanding history and theory, you will be able to better appreciate current economic and political discussions with Europe and IPE (International Political Economy). The course will require some reading preparation of texts. The course content shown below may change at any time!

Course description
Contact: Teachers: Mathieu Ballandone  Alain Anquetil  David Rees   Secretary: Emilie Hergault
Evaluation: Oral exam 40% Oral groups, Written exam 60% details here. Revision on Keynes and Marx.  Peer evaluation. Reminder of ESSCA classroom rules


Lesson 1
Thursday 12 October
16h30-19h30

David Rees
Introduction
Theory, concept and history

Preparation for Marx 1:

Manifesto of the Communist Party
Karl Marx et Frederic Engels, 1848

Lesson 2
Thursday
19 October
16h30-19h30

David Rees
Karl Marx 1/2

Charlie Chaplin. Modern Times. Factory scene
Fritz Lang. Metropolis. Ouverture
Political Theory. Karl Marx. 9m. The School of Life.
Marx - introduction. 5m. The curious classroom
How capitalism is killing itself. 35m. The Empire Files (Dr Richard Wolff)

Notes on Marx (David Rees)
The Life of Karl Marx (Daily Motion) (1h)


Preparation for Marx 2:

The Inexorable System of Karl Marx. Chapter VI, The Wordly Philosophers, 1953 Robert Heilbroner

Lesson 3
Thursday
26 October
13h30-16h30
David Rees
Karl Marx 2/2
Discussion of
The Inexorable System of Karl Marx
25 October 1917. The Russian Revolution ((Epic History) (14m)
Globalisation and wealth distribution
Crises of capitalism (David Harvey)
Marx and Freire on Education (David Rees)
Léonie, age 1


Preparation for Keynes 1:
Rees. The Intellectual Pragmatist
The Intellectual Pragmatist. References

British Empire and the Industrial Revolution (7m)
British Industrial Revolution
Allende's final speech
Lesson 4
Thursday
09 November
13h30-16h30


David Rees
Keynes 1/2
Research work in groups in preparation for the orals
See 'links' for Marx and Keynes

Discussion of
The Intellectual Pragmatist

Masters of Money - John Maynard Keynes (BBC 60m)







Keynes Introduction pdf DR
Keynes on the Bancor and ICU pdf DR

Lesson 5
Thursday
16 November
13h30-16h30

David Rees
Keynes 2/2

Opinions - discussion

 
Some personal ideas
Conclusion / Exam
Thursday
14 December
13h30-16h30

David Rees
Conclusion






Recommended additional reading

Globalisation and IPE
Globaloney 2.0 Michael Veseth
Overthrow: Amercica's century of regime change from Hawai to Iraq. Stephen Kinzer
A brief history of neoliberalism. David Harvey
Pickety, Krugman and Stiglitz. The genius of Economics. (75m) (92Y Plus)

John Maynard Keynes Books
Keynes - the return of the master. Robert Skidelsky
The Economic Consequences of the Peace. John Maynard Keynes
The Battle of Bretton Woods. Benn Steil
The Keynes Solution. The Path to Economic Prosperity. Paul Davidson
The Summit. Bretton Woods 1944. J.M. Keynes and the Reshaping of the Global Economy. Ed Conway.

Articles
Keynes - The Intellectual Pragmatist David Rees
Keynes - the Intellectual Pragmatist. References. David Rees
Reforming the World's International Money. Paul Davidson

Keynes on National Self Sufficiency. Yale Review
Keynes on Protectionism. Douglas Irwin
The Keynesian Revolution. Success or Failure? from Return of the Master. Robert Skidelsky.
Unfinished notes on Keynes and neo-liberalism. David Rees
We Can Conquer Unemployment. Lloyd George.


Presentations
The Bretton Woods Conference ESSCA student Sophie Chisholm
Keynes - an Introduction David Rees


Videos
Hayek vs Keynes. 12m.
Hayek - Keynes rap. 8m
Hayek - Keynes rap - text.
Masters of Money - John Maynard Keynes (BBC 60m)
Karl Marx  Books
Marx's Ghost. Midnight conversations on changing the world. Charles Derber
Zombie Capitalism - global crisis and the relevance of Marx. Chris Harman
Communism in the 21st Century (download) Shannon Brincat (Ed)
Marx and the alternative to Capitalism. Kieran Allen

Internet magazine and Paper Magazine (in French)
Révolution. Tendance Marxiste Internationale Marxiste.org

Articles
The Communist Manifesto. Engels and Marx
Communist Profession of Faith. Engels and Marx
A Socialist Alternative to the European Union. Alan Woods
Condition of the Working Class in England. Friedrich Engels.
The Theory of Alienation. Paul Prew
Historical Structuralist Perspective. Global Political Economty Ch. 5. Theodore Kohn.
The Labour Theory of Value. Donald Ernsberger
NeoCapitalism. An Introduction to Marxist Theory Ch. 3. Ernest Mendel
The Inexorable System of Karl Marx. The Wordly Philosophers. Robert Heilbroner
Marx, Lenin and the Structuralist Perspective
Theoretical perspectives - the case of hunger. David Rees

Presentations
Marx's Ghost (notes from the book). David Rees
Communismin Latin America. ESSCA student presentation.

Crises and Capitalist Development. Bonn Juego
Cultural hegemony - media and mind control ESSCA student Cristiana Drumond.
The Death of Neoliberalism. ESSCA student presentation.
Working Conditions in the UK during the Industrial Revolution. ESSCA student presentation
Marx and Technology. ESSCA student Amy Peat.
Marx and Military Control ESSCA student presentation.
Economic Theory - concluding remarks. David Rees
The Overthrowing of Salvadore Allende. ESSCA student Patricia Carrillo

Videos
Life of Karl Marx (Daily Motion) (1h)
Crises of Capitalism. David Harvey
British Empire and the Industrial Revolution (7m)
British Industrial Revolution
Allende's final speech



  Paul Prew.