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Alexander S. Jensen

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  • Capitalism vs. Socialism: Comparing Economic Systems

  • Written by: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Edward F. Stuart PhD
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
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Ever since we produced our course Thinking About Capitalism, customers have expressed interest in a follow-up course that could help them understand socialism in the same way. After much consideration, we determined that it actually would be more beneficial to create a course that compares and contrasts the two major global economic theories, examining them in ways that move past the polemics many of us are used to and looking at these systems as they relate to one another and the world at large.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-06-24

Good lecture

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Reviewed: 2019-05-10

Good collection of information, not really a good narrative if you're not already interested in the subject. Well read, not sure you expect a good performance in a lecture, but I found this to be pretty engaging. Would prefer if it dug in a little deeper to each of the topics, but it seems like good introductory material, maybe a good companion to an economics course.

  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • Written by: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
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Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intellectual optimistic Steven Pinker did it again

  • By Justin Greeno on 2018-04-07

Much needed enlightenment

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Reviewed: 2019-01-01

There are some important ideas in this book but I found my mind lose focus now and then due to the dry reading style and somewhat wandering narrative. Still a great book in spite of these issues, might be a better experience reading the book in print.