Spring 2010 | Rhetoric 171
Altars and Alters to the Market: Rhetoric in the Neoliberal/Neoconservative Epoch
Instructor: Dale Carrico, Office Hours, 2-3pm on class days, and by appointment.
Meeting: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5.30-7pm, 79 Dwinelle
Course Site: http://altarsandalters.blogspot.com
Provisional Grade Breakdown: Att/Part 25%; Essaylet/Co-facilitations 15% + 15%; Final Essay: 45%
Provisional Schedule of Classes
January 19 -- Administrivia
January 21 -- Introductions
Week Two -- John Maynard Keynes
January 26 Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, The End of Laissez Faire, BACKGROUND: Krugman, How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?
January 28 Open Letter to FDR, Proposal for an International Clearing Union (skip to Lord Keynes' presentation, unless you are very brave), also Speeches by FDR, First Inaugural Address, Fireside Chat of April, 1935, 1936 Acceptance Speech at the DNC, Address to the 77th Congress.
Week Three -- Hayek and Hazlitt
February 2 Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson
February 4 Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, The Readers Digest Condensed Version, The Cartoon!, Mt. Pelerin Statement
Week Four -- Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation
Week Five -- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Week Six -- Leonard Lewin, Report from Iron Mountain
February 25 Eisenhower's Farewell Address and Martin Luther King's A Time to Break Silence
Week Seven -- John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society
March 4 Lyndon Baines Johnson's The Great Society, Robert F. Kennedy's Remarks at the University of Kansas.
Week Eight -- Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose
March 11 (Also speeches by Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan)
Week Nine -- Peter Shwartz, The Long Boom
March 18 (Also speeches by Clinton, Gore, and Howard Dean)
Week Ten | Spring Break
Week Eleven -- John Perkins, Confession of an Economic Hit Man
April 1 (Also speeches by George Bush, Sr.)
Week Twelve -- Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
April 8 (Also speeches by George W. Bush)
Week Thirteen -- Mike Davis, Planet of Slums
April 15 (Also speeches by Obama)
Week Fourteen -- Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine
April 22 (Also speeches by Grover Norquist)
Week Fifteen -- Bill McKibben, Deep Economy
April 29 (Also speeches by Obama)
Week Sixteen | R R R (Movie time!)
May 4, "The Grapes of Wrath" (screening)
May 6, "The Fountainhead" (screening)
Hand In Final Essay by Tuesday, May 11 either directly into my hands or via e-mail.