We began by examining problems in terms of the Factors of Production: land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship.
We learned to see the relationships between these in terms of supply and demand. We learned as Economists to think of cost as Opportunity Cost, a measure of what is sacrificed in order to get what we want.
We saw how supply and demand work in the market to set prices, for everything from sneakers to oil.
We examined the economic debates at the founding of the United States, and the extraordinary contributions of “a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean.”
We learned the little-known history of the slave market and racial violence in New York City.
We learned about Sharecropping and Jim Crow, economic and political systems designed to keep African Americans subservient agricultural labor in the wake of the Civil War.
We have followed immigrants and migrants, slaves and free people, some driven from their homes and some desperate seeking a place to call their own.
From the beginning, prosperity in North America was extracted from stolen land, by the forced labor of stolen peoples. It is a history of plunder.