New Steam Age Curriculum (NSAC)

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide
that you are not going to stay where you are.
—J.P. Morgan

To put it rather bluntly, in many critical ways, much of the 20th Century was a mistake.

The 20th Century had its moments in popular culture in the 1920s, 1960s, and 1980s, but otherwise it was, in too many ways, a wrong turn in history. This is especially true in the social sciences that ended the 19th Century more or less on the correct foot, and then veered into some curious directions that would have been comical, if they had not been so tragic. One can only imagine how much human suffering has been caused by quack theories in Economics, Psychology, and Sociology over the past century.

Where one marks the dividing line between the 20th Century and what came before it is not critical — the Treaty of Versailles, the establishment of the Federal Reserve System in the USA, the Communist Revolution in Russia, the institution of passports, the Great Depression — take your pick. What matters is that the ancien regime gave way to the avant garde, English supplanted French as the language of Diplomacy (imperium) and International Business (dominium), and everything more or less went downhill from there, for whatever reasons.


Now, imangine for a moment that we could turn back the clock and start over. How might the study of Economics, Finance, Management, etc. have developed, if the 20th Century were just some kind of bad dream? Imagine a world without 'Keynesianism', which even John Maynard Keynes held in disdain at the end of his life, and its handmaidens: fiat national currencies, inflationary monetary policies, deficit-spending fiscal policies, bureaucratization, pop-psychology, and the social-welfare regulatory state that undermines individual responsibility.

We cannot know how such a world would look, but we can imagine.

The New Steam Age Curriculum (NSAC) is based on the assumption that The Classics were essentially on the right track, and that those of us who embrace their lessons can flourish in a postmodern, spontaneously organizing, transcultural global community, by scraping social science down to the metal and starting afresh. Below are links to some texts that are available to anyone online, and that can serve as the basis for courses in Pecuniology—study of money, in the broadest sense—historical, theoretical, and entrepreneurial.

Some of the texts below technically were published in the 20th Century, but their authors are not of the 20th Century. Our goal is to base our courses on the NSAC and to conduct research into emerging institutions based on the classics.

NSAC is related to, but not the same thing as Free Culture, Open Source, or Open Educational Resources, in the strictest sense. While the focus is on texts that are in the public domain, we are open to using texts that are covered by copyright—whether conventional copyright or so-called 'copyleft'—so long as those texts are freely available on the Internet. Over time, we will prefer truly free & open resources, and will consider commissioning free & open substitutes for copyrighted materials as needed. However, as a first iteration, the orthodoxy is on the content of classical social science, rather than the licensing.

Invest accordingly.

Prof. Evans


CLASSIC TEXTS

Nicolas Prodromou Aghnides
Mohammedan Theories of Finance (1916)
Benjamin Anderson
Cheap Money (1924)
The Value of Money (1917)
Walter Bagehot
Lombard Street: A Description of the Money Market (1873)
Frédéric Bastiat
Economic Harmonies (1850, 1996)
Economic Sophisms (1845, 1996)
The Law (1850, 1998)
Selected Essays on Political Economy (1848, 1995)
Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
How to Analyze People on Sight (1921)
Nikolai Bukharin
Imperialism and World Economy (1917)
Gustav Cassel
The Theory of Social Economy (1932)
Anders Chydenius
The National Gain (1765, 1931)
Clarence Darrow
Resist Not Evil (1903)
Frank Fetter
Capital, Interest, and Rent: Essays in the Theory of Distribution (1897, 1977)
Irving Fisher
The Purchasing Power of Money (1911, 1922)
The Theory of Interest (1930)
Henry George
Progress and Poverty (1912)
Protection or Free Trade (1905)
Henry Hazlitt
Thinking as a Science (1916, 1920)
John Hobson
Imperialism: A Study (1902)
William Stanley Jevons
Money and the Mechanism of Exchange (1876)
The Theory of Political Economy (1871)
John Maynard Keynes
A Treatise on Probability (1921)
Frank Knight
Risk, Uncertainty & Profit (1921)
Nicolò Machiavelli
The Prince (1532, 2006)
Charles Mackay
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1848, 1852)
Alfred Marshall
Principles of Economics (1890, 1920)
Karl Marx
Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. I. The Process of Capitalist Production (1867, 1906)
Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. II. The Process of Circulation of Capital (1885, 1909)
Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. III. The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole (1894, 1909)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Communist Manifesto (1888)
Carl Menger
Investigations into the Method of the Social Sciences (1883, 1963)
On the Origins of Money (1892)
Principles of Economics (1871, 1970)
John Stuart Mill
Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy (1844, 1874)
On Liberty (1859, 1869)
Principles of Political Economy with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy (1848, 1909)
Ludwig von Mises
The Theory of Money and Credit (1912, 1981)
Simon Newcomb
The A B C of Finance (1877)
Franz Oppenheimer
The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically (1914, 1922)
Thomas Paine
The Complete Writings, Vol. 1 (1766-1809)
The Complete Writings, Vol. 2 (1766-1809)
Jean-Baptiste Say
A Treatise on Political Economy (1803, 1855)
Joseph Schumpeter
Imperialism and Social Classes (1919 & 1927, 1951)
Methodological Individualism (1908)
George Bernard Shaw
Fabian Essays in Socialism (1889, 1891)
Adam Smith
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776)
The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759, 1790)
Herbert Spencer
Essays on Education (1911, 1961)
Essays: Scientific, Political & Speculative (1891)
The Man Versus The State, with Six Essays on Government, Society, and Freedom (1843-1891)
The Philosophy of Style (1852)
The Principles of Ethics, Volume I (1896)
The Principles of Ethics, Volume II (1896)
The Right to Ignore the State (1850, 1913)
Lysander Spooner
Essay on the Trial by Jury (1852)
No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority (1870)
William Graham Sumner
Folkways (1906)
What Social Classes Owe to Each Other (1883)
Frank Taussig
Some Aspects of the Tariff Question (1915)
Jacob Viner
Some Problems of Logical Method in Political Economy (1917)
Studies in International Trade (1937)
Max Weber
Essays in Sociology (1920, 1946)
The Methodology of the Social Sciences (1920, 1949)
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1920, 1930)
Knut Wicksell
The Influence of the Rate of Interest on Prices (1906)
Philip Wicksteed
The Common Sense of Political Economy (1910)


MODERN TEXTS

Dominick Armentano
Antitrust: The Case for Repeal (1999)
Walter Block
Defending the Undefendable (1976, 1991)
Geoffrey Brennan and James M. Buchanan
The Power to Tax: Analytical Foundations of a Fiscal Constitution (1980, 2000)
Reason and Rules (1985, 2000)
James Buchanan
Cost and Choice: An Inquiry in Economic Theory (1969, 1999)
The Demand and Supply of Public Goods (1968, 1999)
The Limits of Liberty: Between Anarchy and Leviathan (1975, 1999)
Public Finance in Democratic Process: Fiscal Institutions and Individual Choice (1967, 1999)
Public Principles of Public Debt: A Defense and Restatement (1962, 1999)
James Buchanan and George Thirlby
L.S.E. Essays on Cost (1934, 1981)
James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock
The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy (1958, 1999)
James Buchanan and Richard Wagner
Democracy in Deficit: The Political Legacy of Lord Keynes (1977, 1999)
Frank Chodorov
Income Tax: Root of All Evil (1954)
One Is a Crowd (1952)
Out of Step (1962)
The Rise and Fall of Society (1959)
Edwin Dolan
Austrian Economics as an Extraordinary Science (1976)
Ludwig Erhard
Prosperity through Competition (1958)
R. Buckminster Fuller
Grunch of Giants (1983)
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1969)
Roger Garrison
Austrian Macroeconomics: A Diagrammatical Exposition (1978)
Friedrich Hayek
Collectivist Economic Planning (1935, 1963)
Competition as a Discovery Procedure (1968, 2002)
Denationalisation of Money: The Argument Refined (1976, 1990)
A Free-Market Monetary System and The Pretense of Knowledge (1974, 1978, 2008)
Individualism and Economic Order (1948, 1958)
Monetary Nationalism and International Stability (1937, 1989)
Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle (1933)
Prices & Production and Other Works (1929-1937, 2008)
The Road to Serfdom (1949, 1999)
The Use of Knowledge in Society (1945)
Frances Hazlitt and Henry Hazlett
The Wisdom of the Stoics (1984)
Henry Hazlitt
The Conquest of Poverty (1973, 1996)
The Critics of Keynesian Economics (1977, 1995)
Economics in One Lesson (1946, 1952)
The Failure of 'The New Economics' (1959)
From Bretton Woods to World Inflation: A Study of Causes and Consequences (1934-1945, 1984)
Man versus the Welfare State (1969)
Time Will Run Back (1951, 1966)
The Foundations of Morality (1964, 1994)
What You Should Know about Inflation (1960, 1965)
Robert Higgs
The Transformation of the American Economy, 1865-1914 (1971)
William Hutt
Politically Impossible? (1971)
A Rehabilitation of Say's Law (1974)
The Theory of Idle Resources (1939)
Stephan Kinsella
Against Intellectual Property (2001, 2008)
Israel Kirzner
The Economic Point of View: An Essay in the History of Economic Thought (1960, 1976)
Ludwig Lachmann
Capital, Expectations, and the Market Process (1977)
Capital and Its Structure (1956, 1978)
The Legacy of Max Weber (1971)
Macro-Economic Thinking and the Market Economy (1973)
Rose Wilder Lane
The Discovery of Freedom (1943)
Give Me Liberty (1954)
Fritz Machlup
The Stock Market, Credit, and Capital Formation (1931, 1940)
Ludwig von Mises
Human Action: A Treatise on Economics (1949, 1996)
Money, Method, and the Market Process (1990)
Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis (1922, 1981)
Oskar Morgenstern
The Limits of Economics (1934, 1937)
Albert Jay Nock
Jefferson (1926)
The Myth of a Guilty Nation (1922)
On Doing the Right Thing (1928)
Our Enemy, The State (1935, 1950)
The Theory of Education in the United States (1931)
Isabel Paterson
God of the Machine (1943)
Never Ask the End (1933)
Leonard Read
I, Pencil (1958, 1999)
George Reisman
Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics (1996)
Lionel Robbins
The Economic Causes of War (1939, 1968)
The Theory of Economic Development (1968)
The Theory of Economic Policy (1952, 1965)
Wilhelm Röpke
Against the Tide (1969)
Crises and Cycles (1936)
Economics of the Free Society (1937, 1963)
A Humane Economy (1958, 1961)
International Order and Economic Integration (1959)
The Social Crisis of Our Time (1942, 1950)
Two Essays: The Problem of Economic Order Welfare, Freedom, and Inflation (1951 & 1957, 1987)
George Selgin
Less than Zero: The Case for a Falling Price Level in a Growing Economy (1997)
Hans Sennholz
The Underground Economy (1982)
Vera Smith
The Rationale of Central Banking and the Free Banking Alternative (1936, 1990)


SECONDARY TEXTS

Bruce Benson
Customary Law with Private Means of Resolving Disputes and Dispensing Justice (1990)
Enforcement of Private Property Rights in Primitive Societies: Law without Government (1989)
An Evolutionary Contractarian View of Primitive Law (1991)
Reciprocal Exchange as the Basis for Recognition of Law (1991)
Walter Block
My Case for Coauthoring (2005)
Peter Boettke
Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy (2001)
Mark Crovelli
A Challenge to Ludwig von Mises's Theory of Probability (2010)
Has David Howden Vindicated Richard von Mises's Definition of Probability? (2009)
On the Possibility of Assigning Probabilities to Singular Cases, or: Probability Is Subjective Too! (2009)
Nils Goldschmidt & Hermann Rauchenschwandtner
The Philosophy of Social Market Economy: Michel Foucault's Analysis of Ordoliberalism (2007)
Wendy McElroy
Contra Copyright, Again (2009)
The Schism between Individualist and Communist Anarchism in the Nineteenth Century (2000)
Gerald O'Driscoll
Economics as a Coordination Problem: The Contributions of Friedrich A. Hayek (1977)
Pavel Pelikan
Markets vs. Government when Rationality is Unequally Bounded: Some Consequences of Cognitive Inequalities for Theory and Policy (2006)
Public Choice with Unequally Rational Individuals (2007)
Richard Stroup and John Baden
Property Rights and Natural Resource Management (1979)
Viktor Vanberg
Competition among Governments: The State's Two Roles in a Globalized World (2010)
The Freiburg School: Walter Eucken and Ordoliberalism (2004)
Rational Choice, Preferences over Actions, and Rule-Following Behavior (2007)