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Science Fiction has long been a favorite genre for liberty-lovers. But can it teach Economics? Enter “Sci-Fi Economics,” a four-part original course from LIVE. Instead of assigned (suggested) readings, we’ll have “assigned watchings” from your favorite sci-fi TV shows. Professor Lucas Engelhardt, himself a connoisseur of science fiction, will be your guide. This week, Professor Engelhardt will cover Sliders Season 3, Episode 12, “Seasons Greedings.” What happens when science fiction just gets economic reality all wrong? We’ll discuss the tropes of consumerism and uncaring capitalism, as well as the little things even bad sci-fi writers manage to get right Monday, November 3rd at 9pm ET!

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