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Antitrust — Spring 2024

The theme for the spring 2024 reading program is Antitrust. Participants will explore debates about the relationship between economic and political power and the state's role in limiting economic power via antitrust.

Does capitalism inevitably lead to monopoly? If so, how does this tendency affect the case for free markets? What role can the state play in promoting competition? Participants will receive a set of readings that will provide a foundation for the discussions to address these and other questions of importance to the program theme.

The group will meet weekly throughout the semester for Socratic-style discussion. Meetings will take place in person on the Texas Tech University campus during the spring 2024 semester on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM (location TBD). The program will begin with an Introductory Session on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

Participants will also attend a mandatory weekend summit which will take place on February 16-17, 2024, on the Texas Tech University campus to be attended by program participants from Angelo State University and Texas Tech University. The summit will feature formal remarks from Michael Munger, Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Participants will engage in interactive group discussion and question and answer sessions on issues related to the program theme.

The schedule of readings and topics of discussion can be found at the following link:

Political Economy Reading Program - Spring 2024 Reading List

Undergraduate students from any field of study, who have a full-time enrollment status at Texas Tech University, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applications are now closed for the spring 2024 program.


If you have questions regarding the Political Economy Reading Program, or if you would like to be included in the FMI Student Programs email distribution list, please contact the Free Market Institute at free.market@ttu.edu or 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.