You CAN Understand Economics!

Economics for the 99 per centSo much of what we "know" about the world is really what "specialists" tell us: men have walked on the moon... nothing can travel faster than light... government debt is killing us... society must always trade between inflation and unemployment...

We can't confirm any of those things from our own experience, so we accept the "expert" opinion. What choice do we have?

It might be fun to know about sciences such as physics or biology. But economic principles affect every single one of us, every day of our lives. Economics asks the questions we all ask, such as:

  • Why is there poverty, when productivity keeps increasing?
  • Why are willing, able workers unemployed?
  • Why are there boom - bust cycles?
  • Why does government always need more money?
  • Is "economic growth" killing our planet?


 Start here! 
We won't ask you to accept anything unless you can clearly see the proof. In our courses you'll look at social problems in the context of everyday situations. The secret of understanding economics is seeing what you already know.

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Our First Course is Absolutely Free!

You can sign up right now and take the self-paced, online version of our first course for free! Then, if you choose to go on, you can enroll in the second and third parts of our Principles of Political Economy series. For an additional fee, you can take advantage of our recommendation for college credit with the National College Credit Recommendation Service. Here's more on how this works.

This course will change the way you think and feel about society. We're so sure you'll agree that we'll send you a FREE newsletter! .

Printed versions of the text and readings for this course aren't required -- but they are available! We will send you the Progress and Poverty abridged text for $10.00, and the Understanding Economics study guide for $8.00 ($18 for both) Note: Outside the United States or Canada, the shopping cart will add postage charges for each printed item. If you don't want to order online, you may send your payment to:

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$10.00: Get a copy of the abridged edition of Henry George's classic Progress and Poverty.

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