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Overheads from presentation at AFP Defending the American Dream Summit. Notes on resources for teaching freedom. Many organizations that provide programs and videos for teachers and students.


  • 1. Teaching Economic Freedom: Ideas and Resources Gregory Rehmke Economic Thinking grehmke@gmail.comSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 2. Notes on Freedom Organizations Many pro-market groups supporting: Activism, Public Policy research, and Economic Education. I have worked with the Foundation for Economic Education, Reason Foundation, and other education organizations.Saturday, November 5, 11
  • 3. Teaching Tomorrows Idea Leaders Explaining and discussing the key role of economic freedom takes time. Teachers and students have time. Some have self-selected to inuence others: teachers, student leaders, students on school paper, or in speech and debate.Saturday, November 5, 11
  • 4. For Teachers and Students Effective education groups with programs and resources for teachers. Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Foundation for Teaching Economics (fte.org) Izzit.org/FreetoChoose.tv StosselintheClassroom.org Acton Institute/Media, PovertyCure.orgSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 5. fte.org www.nfte.com/ Sife.org www.billofrightsinstitute.org Students in Free EnterpriseSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 6. fte.org www.nfte.com/Saturday, November 5, 11
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  • 8. www.nfte.comSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 9. www.ten9eight.comSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 10. Students in Free Enterprise SI FE.org Bill of Rights Institute www.BillofRights Institute.orgSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 11. PovertyCure.org Acton.org Izzit.orgSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 12. www.PovertyCure.orgSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 13. www.StosselintheClassroom.orgSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 14. www.StosselintheClassroom.orgSaturday, November 5, 11
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  • 16. www.FreetoChooseMedia.org www.FreetoChoose.tv www.MiltonFriedmansCentury.orgSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 17. FreeToChoose.netSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 18. Poverty to prosperity in Arrival Cities www.CalloftheEntrepreneur.comSaturday, November 5, 11
  • 19. [draft, March 21, 2011 - Greg Rehmke] Triumph of the City exchanging goods, services, and favors. But in cities cash and credit are king, and markets coordinate the complex exchanges among hundreds of thou- or, Call of the Entrepreneur sands of strangers each day. City people dont know more about the for Ben, the Luggage Boy world (they usually know far less of life outside the city), but what they do Entrepreneurs in the exchange economies of cities create and know is more finely divided into skills coordinate economic prosperity. Around the world 350 cities distributed among dozens or hundreds with over a million residents have recently joined the world across enterprises, factories, and indus- economy. Opportunity draws the rural poor into these cities tries. This deeper division of labor and where they can join the global workforce. Sound legal institu- wider scope of trade allows marvel- tions are key, as are honesty, savings, and self-improvement. ously complicated operations, from the design and assembly of watches, bicycles, and buildings, to the management and opera- Through the 1800s hundreds of thousands of young people were tion of factories and textiles mills. drawn from the countryside to New York City and to other American cities. Then, railroads lowered transportation costs to The progressive power of cities pushing specialization, produc- the ports of Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and steam- tion, and exchange lifted living standards in western Europe for ships lowered theAtlantic crossing. Millions of Europeans mi- centuries. But such dynamic cities never fully developed in grated from Europe to American cities, moving from where land Russia, Asia and India. Why? Institutional financial restraints was relatively scarce to where labor was relatively slowed large enterprises in the Islamic world too scarce and wages higher. Millions stayed in fast (see Timur Kurans book The Long Divergence: expanding cities, and millions more moved on to How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East). the develop farms and populate the cities across Since the fall of communism in Eastern and the American west (as brought to life in the corny Southern Europe, the former USSR, and China, but wonderful movie, book, and TV series, How plus the shift from socialism in India and much the West Was Won). of Africa, millions worldwide have streamed to What was life like for the millions of migrants fast-expanding cities. Lacking economic free- entering New York Citys golden door in the dom and rule of law institutions, wealth creation 1800s? Horatio Alger, Jr.s many popular novels in cities of the developing world has been slower for young people drew from the actual stories re- than it could have been. But in recent decades lated to Alger in interviews with New York City technology advances reducing the price of food, bootblacks, errand boys, and luggage smashers. transportation, and clothing have partially com- Algers rags to riches novels were eagerly read pensated. by millions of Americans over the following dec- Edward Glaeser in Triumph of the City com- ades. Most of us have heard of Horatio Alger ments that there is "a lot to like" about the shanty stories, but not many ever actually read one. towns