The purpose of this course of study is to make you a well-educated free market advocate who is able to decisively refute socialists, Democrats, and all other forms of progressives you may encounter. Choose to follow some or all of the steps below, and you will be well on your way to being someone who can command respect in the realm of economic ideas.
1. Study economics. Although you should study everything (including important but wrong thinkers like Marx and Keynes), focus on the classical economists, neo-classical economists, and especially the Austrian economists. Austrian economists including Hayek, Mises, and Rothbard have come out with many innovative ideas and are well worth incorporating into your free market curriculum.
2. Study politics and history. These two important allied social sciences will greatly help you be able to contend with progressivism.
3. Work on your writing skills. Consider writing for websites. The Sound Money Institute, Western Journalism, and many other sites accept well-written submissions. This can also help if you are looking to become employed full time in the economic and political arenas.
4. Work on public speaking and debating. Practice with friends, join Toastmasters, and/or help with your local debate team.
5. Read some of the multitude of resources devoted to economic freedom online. Check out the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Having access to some of the best minds today in the liberty movement will help your own.
6. If you haven’t already been accepted to college, consider going to school at a quality free-market school like George Mason, Grove City College, or Hillsdale.
7. Attend free-market conferences and seminars.
You can feel good about what you are doing. By becoming a better advocate for free markets, you are helping your nation and the world become a better place.
Another one of the positives to this development is that much of it should be able to help your career as well. How many employers turn down good writers and speakers?
Good luck to those of you who embark on this lifetime course of education. May it bring you knowledge, prosperity, respect, and help you refute those socialists!
F. Peter Brown is Editor of the Sound Money Institute, constitutionalfreedoms.net, and an Associate Editor at the Western Center for Journalism. He would love to get in contact with you and provide as much help as he can. Send an email to him: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.
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