If mainstream economics isn’t to your liking, here’s an alternative.
The New York Times‘ education column has an interesting article on “how [public] scholarship programs have been twisted to benefit private schools at the expense of the neediest children.” The lengthy piece, written by Stephanie Saul, had this interesting nugget about Georgia’s private school system:
Most of the private schools are religious…Many of those schools adhere to a fundamentalist brand of Christianity. A commonly used sixth-grade science text retells the creation story contained in Genesis, omitting any other explanation. An economics book used in some high schools holds that the Antichrist — a world ruler predicted in the New Testament — will one day control what is bought and sold.
This sounds like a lot like the “beast” that appears in the book of Revelation.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive the mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.
Some people worry about contagion. Some people worry about hyperinflation. Some people worry about the Antichrist.
If you know how to get a copy the economic s text referred to in the New York Times article, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[h/t Greg Mankiw]