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Special Video Lecture: Leftist Economics
The video below was recorded on May 6, 2010. Having taught students a full semester of microeconomics or macroeconomics, in my final lecture in every class, I offer interested students an entirely different approach to the discipline. No one is required to attend this final lecture; factual material relevant for exam questions is provided online in a short, Web-based PowerPoint presentation.
The lecture begins quietly and traditionally, providing a brief review of important principles and assumptions at the heart of economics as it is typically taught in American colleges and universities. Students preparing for the final may benefit from this summary.
About a third of the way through the lecture, however, the tone begins to change, and the lecture takes on a darker, sharper tone that plunges into and then back out from advocacy for positions of early Leftist thinkers. In several places, the language used and ideas set forth are harsh, heretical, and, to at least some, offensive. I make no apology for this, given that I have spent an entire semester and nearly 30 years teaching the conservative economics that serves as a pale proxy for academic honesty in higher education.
On May 5, 2010, the lecture you will view below, which has a run time of 51 minutes, 22 seconds, was to be delivered in a large lecture hall. Attendance was open to anyone at the school. Within hours of posting a sheet in the department offices announcing this, the notice disappeared; then, on the day of the public lecture, the room I had scheduled to use was occupied. I was told by the information assistant at the front desk of the building that the room would be in use all day. That meant I had to sit near the doors to the building and tell those coming to my lecture that it had been canceled.
The video below was recorded the next day in the last class of one of my principles of microeconomics sections. If nothing else, the events that led up to the lecture you are about to watch made it even fiercer than it usually is. That is all to the good: the students who were in attendance heard what they will likely never again hear; but even if they don't, at least some of them will never forget this last lecture.
Enjoy the show.
I just did a small workaround that was preventing the video from displaying in Firefox.
Was this posted in another version a long time back? Admittedly, I have not watched past the bread maker, but my stream is so blippy I'm not going to get much further before I give it up. If it is something new, do you have a file link so I can download it?
BTW- miss you sir.
Good afternoon, Wild Clover.
This link is to a simple Web page where you can watch the video:
Leftist Economics Lecture
Make sure you have some snacks with you when you launch the video because you won't want to leave your seat once I start the rant portion of the lecture.
Leftist Economics? With a RED tie?
More later after I get done watching it. And I HAVE to watch it otherwise I have to go to bed without my gruel!
Thank you Sir. May I have another?
Only if you buy a red tie and wear it for a photo shoot at my studio in Red Square, Father Tyme.
Until then, watch the video, preferably from beginning to end so you can appreciate the staging of the escalation from relatively dull lecture to frothing-at-the-mouth (literally) revolutionary zeal.
The Dark Wraith actually had one student who whooped and applauded at the end of the lecture, which meant I had to cut the dramatic ending on the video a little short.
I enjoyed that very much - helped me refine some thoughts I'd been having about my life, and "earning a living."
Did you ever find out who ended up with the lecture space that was to be yours originally? And how they got it after you arranged to have it?
Good evening, Anna Van Z.
It was just some random group (not associated with the school) that had gotten assigned that room for its activity. The only two big rooms on the campus are used for those kinds of things, as well as for school events arranged by departments, professors, and on-campus groups.
I never was able to find out whether I had been scheduled in the room before or after the other group was, but my scheduled time for the room was from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. that day, and the group in there had been scheduled for 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., so there was nothing I could do. Arriving at noon to get the camera and audio equipment set up, I found out pretty quickly that my open-invitation, public lecture was not going to happen. I looked like a fool telling the people showing up that my lecture was canceled: it seemed obvious (to some, at least) that I had never bothered to officially schedule the room with the building supervisor's office and that I was just planning to unofficially commandeer the room for my purpose. That wasn't the case at all, but it most decidedly looked that way.
Life for a tent-revival evangelist is complicated, sometimes, especially when he tries to move his show indoors.
I'm glad you enjoyed the lecture. Although I've published videos here before, this is the first one that I not only created, but also published without benefit of any service like YouTube, Revver, blip.tv, or Google Video. Now that I can do this kind of production, coding, and publishing all on my own, no external service will have any copyright or other claims whatsoever on what I create and broadcast. What I'm doing now really does qualify as true "indy" content, and I'll do a lot more.
I might not earn a dime doing this, but I can surely now press forward into the online multimedia content stream without any concern for censorship or expropriation of my work.
It might not be a communist success, but it certainly isn't a win for the capitalist oligarchs, either.
The Dark Wraith is striving to find a counterbalance to both the thesis and the antithesis.
When you find the counterbalance, will it be known as a SINthesis?
It makes it so much more interesting to watch you (weave your magic) do your lectures, and not just only listen to them!
I do understand that, for the younger students you teach, food and sex are probably higher their list of priorities. But for your (ahem) older (*cough*) students (*grin*), besides food and having something to do (work), I think that shelter and companionship are also quite important. And not just for the sake of society, but because they are natural parts of existence... for all kinds of creatures.
There is simply NO WAY any g.d. Power Point Presentation could compete with what you can give to a lecture.
That was some mighty fine lake walking, Professor. It must have left your students thinking and bobbing in your wake.
(What, no blue tie?)
Well, Peter, I spent my ill-spent younger years working my way through the Seven Cardinal Sins, and I have to say that none of them really worked for me.
Oh, sure, there were some memorable times, what with gluttony and all-you-can eat diners, and I would be remiss not to give lust and wrath their due, but I just kept asking myself, "Is this all there is?"
I'm working on it, but even if I do find an 8th Deadly Sin, I want to make it open source and free to download. I don't want any royalties, considering how rarely greed as a Cardinal Sin never worked out for me, anyway.
I was thinking of naming the 8th one, if I ever find it, after you, but I think that would be a bad idea: "The Peter Sin" sounds too much like a rehash of Lust, which is way overrated.
I'll have to give it some more thought. If you come up wih anything worthy of being called Supereme Sin, let me know, Peter; otherwise, I'll probably decide on something lame like "Inconsistency with the Dominant Paradigm" or "Disdain for Quantum Mechanics."
I thought the eighth sin was liberalism? At least, that's what I get as the message from a lot of what I hear folks say on the MSM, especially FOX.
*ducks out of the diner grinning*
Whew, now that was a great meal. If I hadn't watched it myself, I'da thought you brought in a different cook. hehehe.
The video looked great in full screen. Bravo, on the production quality as well.
It was so cold...
And none of the students bit.
Thank you for the comment about the appearance of the video, trog.
The truth of the matter is that the recording of the lecture was, shall we say, sub-optimal. I had to set up the tripod between two rows of tables and chairs, which displaced most of the students to the other side of the room (hence, why I kept lecturing to the right in the video); I couldn't set up my portable studio lights, so I had to open the blinds at the back of the room and rely on natural lighting (hence, the slightly off-center, uneven light reflecting off that ugly wall behind me); and finally, as if the conditions weren't bad enough, I had the shotgun mic set on the wrong mode (hence, the chamber echo and background noise).
Rendering the video from AVCHD (high-definition) to FLV (Flash) took three crashes of my computer, which is now being pushed just about every day way beyond what should be its breaking point.
Double Grr. (That's "Grr-Grr," for those keeping count.)
Somehow, though, this all came together, and I now know how to do this clear through to publishing the videos. That puts me a major step closer to several objectives, one of which is to create complete video lecture series in microeconomics and macroeconomics for free public viewing without advertisements.
Stay tuned, good readers. The show will go on.
It's a Barnum and Bailey world!
Only a paper moon sailing over a cardboard sea.........
...but I believe in you, Mule!
Dear God, a musical is breaking out here at the diner.
Will somebody please unplug the jukebox until the crowd settles down?
Only for one brief, shining moment...
Each evening, from December to December,
Before you drift to sleep upon your cot,
Think back on all the tales that you remember
Ask ev'ry person if he's heard the story,
And tell it strong and clear if he has not,
That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory
Now say it out with pride and joy!
Yes, Camelot, my boy!
Where once it never rained till after sundown,
By eight a.m. the morning fog had flown...
Don't let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment that was known
I was rather thinking more along the lines of "Little Shop of Horrors," but I suppose the pervasiveness of authoritarian statism clashing with Right-wing populist extremism has gone well beyond the little shop of yesteryear.
How I long for the days when I could go into the small-town, mom-and-pop political store and buy a few dollars worth of nonsense for a side dish to go with home-made realism, stability, and common sense.
Now, people can buy the whole meal—toxic hatred, meat-ax state solutions, mindlessly hypocritical religious zealotry, idiotic polemicists, and corporatist sovereignty—all at the 21st Century media megastore.
I guess it's okay, as long as the meal can be microwaved in less than five minutes. That's about all the time a lot of busy people seem to have to spare.
Still, the little shop of horrors wasn't all that bad: it was small enough that you could leave pretty quickly.
That's not the case when you're in today's megastore.
"Leftist Economics - The Musical" Opening soon! Way, way, way off Broadway.
Leftist Economics is an exciting (spit filled) orignal muscial based on the 7 deadly sins of Economics. Offering early morning and late night performances.
The one thing that stands out is when one of the main charaters talks about schools preparing you for consumer success.
Although America's appetite for yuppie-filled tales has worn down, but not soon enough to stop the self-absorbed twentysomethings that are studing Economics. The good teacher takes his last shot of smacking some common sense up the side of their wit'le heads.
Let's face it: Once you've got a bank account and a social security number, they own you.
I get mixed up whether it's the pod aliens or the plant aliens that are ruining things on this planet. There must be some reason for all this insanity.
For some odd reason, the only thing that stands out in my mind right now in "Little Shop Of Horrors" is that huge plant saying, "Feed me..."
Immediately followed by (totally disconnected thought process?) this, of course:
Via Celeb Look-Alikes.com:
I was convinced she totally looked like Fred Flintstone, but now I am not as convinced.
(Sorry Ms. Kagan, but you get no slack from me after your amicus in Pottawatomie vs. McGhee. That's the one where you expressed your "legal" opinion that prosecutors who frame people should not be held civilly liable, much less should they be thrown in prison).
But I digress. LOLCats exist to make me happy, and I have a collection of pictures of my own cats that qualify for LOLCats publication.
Which reminds me that it's about time for another installment of Moderately Annoyed Cat, given that the Moderately Annoyed Cat has been moderately annoyed on more than a few occasions, lately.
I try to keep my cats from hearing anything about Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, but I had no idea that Rand Paul was slipping through my Cat Guard browser filters. I think that libertarian bozo and economics noob got through because the filter detected the name "Paul" and determined that it was just a reference to that guy who posed to speak for an executed rabbi to propel his own career change from tax collector to religion-builder.
Cripe. Everything is so complicated, these days. I miss the good old days: Back then, it was food, sleep, more food. (Okay, food, sleep, more food, butt, then more food; but with all-you-can-eat diners, who needs the distractions from core objectives?)
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