Monday, February 13, 2006

Earn College Credit for Studying the Works of George Reisman and Ayn Rand!

I’m delighted to make the following announcement on behalf of Prof. Brian Simpson, which I hope everyone will pass on to anyone they know who might be interested:

Two online, undergraduate courses that use Dr. Reisman’s book Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics are now available to enroll in at National University of San Diego. These courses are ECO 401 & 402 – Market Process Economics I & II. They will run in May and June of 2006. They are month long intensive courses (in which you do a semester's worth of work in one month). In addition, one course (ECO 430 – Economics & Philosophy) uses Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal as the required reading material. This course will run in October of 2006. Online classes at National can be taken from anywhere in the world, all one needs is access to the internet. The online courses now feature voice-based chats via the internet. So you can talk to the instructor and other students (just like being in the classroom) with nothing more than a headset (with microphone) and internet connection. The courses are offered through National’s School of Business and Management.

This is a chance to earn college credit while learning about free market economics and philosophy. There are no prerequisites for these courses, so you do not need any previous college education to take these courses. You just need to apply to National University and enroll in these courses in order to take them.

These courses have been created by Dr. Brian Simpson. Dr. Simpson is an assistant professor in the School of Business and Management at National University. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, was one of Dr. Reisman’s students, and has been studying Objectivism for over thirteen years both through formal classroom training and informally (on his own). Dr. Simpson is also author of the recently published book Markets Don't Fail! Dr. Simpson will be teaching all sections of the three courses.

Here are links to the respective course descriptions in National University’s catalog and to the respective course syllabi:

ECO 401 - Market Process Economics I: Course Description; Syllabus

ECO 402 - Market Process Economics II:
Course Description; Syllabus

ECO 430 - Economics and Philosophy: Course Description; Syllabus

National University is the second largest private university in California and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For more information about National University go to National’s website at To apply to National go to
For more information on these courses, email Dr. Simpson at or call him direct at 858-642-8431 or through the NU operator at 1-800-NAT-UNIV.