16 Aug 2010

Give the First One Away, Then Charge Them When They’re Hooked…

Shameless Self-Promotion 9 Comments

So is our philosophy at the Mises Academy. Below is the first ever lecture at the online Mises Academy. Note that they edited out some of the things you would actually see if you signed up for an Academy class (such as the chat box and “whiteboard” which I will be using in the upcoming classes).

Still, this is an introductory lecture that can stand on its own, so if you want to be soothed on your commute, then by all means listen to me introduce the business cycle class…

And remember, I am soon teaching classes on private law & defense, as well as Principles of Economics.

9 Responses to “Give the First One Away, Then Charge Them When They’re Hooked…”

  1. Dan says:

    I’m taking the class on private law and defense but just out of curiosity how many people are taking the principles class?

    • bobmurphy says:

      Right now there are 50-something signed up for the Principles class. Of course, past results are no guarantee of future performance, but usually on these classes there is a mad rush to sign up in the week before the class starts. So I am guessing the final # will be closer to 200 than 50, but who knows.

  2. Impairment says:

    Will the course on business cycles be repeated somewhen? I was interested but just did not have enough time then. But now…

  3. Impairment says:

    May I ask something completely off-topic? Is there any good book on accounting theory from the point of view of Austrian Economics?

  4. John says:

    Ah, yes: the “freemium” model, where you give away most of your product and charge for the rest. I adore it.

    And I adore that Mises gives away so much great stuff. I just recently got an eBook reader for my birthday. My first stop? Yup. Two Rothbard books, a Block book and a Garet Garret novel. Thanks, guys: I have no doubt that your investment will pay off, as I “upgrade” to the dead-tree versions.

  5. Jim O'Connor says:

    Since you usually lecture in front of a live audience, did you find the lack of facial feedback from your “audience” to be an issue, either way?

  6. Jim O'Connor says:

    Guys, you can either listen to Bob Murphy drone on about the structure of production and time preference and dry stuff like that, or you can watch this young lady: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzpZK9pnEU4&feature=related

    Bob — if this gal gets a handle on the pure time preference theory of interest you could be in trouble.

    • Jim O'Connor says:

      In case you guys were scared to click on my blind youtube link, a cute young lady was discussing the broken window fallacy.

      The online classes look cool. Would like to be in on a few.