Texas Tech University

Political Economy Reading Program

Socialism — Spring 2022

The theme for the spring 2022 Political Economy Reading Program is Socialism. Participants will explore the historical debate about the extent to which economies should be planned by governments or left to individuals. What is the best way for society to organize its economic system? How do societies ensure that scarce resources are channeled to highly valued uses? Participants will discuss these questions and more throughout the program semester.

Selected readings will address theoretical arguments for capitalism and socialism, as well as the outcomes of these systems in practice. Students will examine books by philosophers such as G.A. Cohen and Jason Brennan, historically significant economists such as Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek and Karl Marx, and modern day economists such as Thomas Piketty, Robert Lawson, and Benjamin Powell. The schedule of readings and topics of discussion will be shared with participants and posted on this page as that information becomes available.

Participants will also attend a summit hosted at Texas Tech University with program participants from Angelo State University. The summit will feature formal remarks from Peter Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University and Benjamin Powell, Executive Director of the Free Market Institute. Participants will engage in interactive discussion groups on issues related to the program theme.

All undergraduate students, who have a full-time enrollment status at Texas Tech University or Angelo State University, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Interested students should apply at the link below.

Political Economy Reading Program - Spring 2022 Application


The deadline to apply for the spring 2022 program is Monday, December 20, 2021.


Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions by email at free.market@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.742.7138.

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More general information about the program and application process can be found on the Political Economy Reading Program page.

For details about previous reading programs, visit the McLane Teammates Reading Program page.