One sunny September morning, many (many) years ago, I walked cautiously into a classroom and slid into an empty seat. I was a junior in high school and I had just signed up for an Econ 101 class. When I left the classroom that day, I was a completely different person. It took a few more classes for me to realize what had happened. And it was really quite simple. The blindfold had been removed and a whole new world opened up.
Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Thomas Sowell, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, Walter Williams…I read anything and everything I could get my hands on from these and many other writers. And I found myself questioning, for the first time, what I had been spoon-fed during my years in school. I went back to my economics base often during my college years, as a counterweight to what was being advanced (no longer spoon-fed, now shoveled) within the college environment. It was my bulwark.
I started thinking about “crazy” ideas and values like personal responsibility, free enterprise, self-sufficiency, self-determination, individual rights, entrepreneurship, freedom and liberty…well, you get the idea.
As the mother of two young kids, I originally planned to recommend these (and other) great economists to my kids during their teenage years. And yes, that idea was probably doomed to failure. Not only because most teenage kids pretty much run away from anything parents would recommend. No, the reality is that by playing defense until their teenage years, we’re essentially relinquishing the field. We’re abdicating our responsibility to help shape our kids’ values by always staying two steps behind, as these values (and basic common sense) are drilled out of our kids.
It’s time to stop playing defense.
So where to begin?
A book. And more specifically: a book series. An economic adventure series that fosters the values we care so deeply about. Created specifically for our kids, at an age where they soak up everything around them. Incorporating mystery and adventure to engage our young readers, and using examples from our kids’ day-to-day lives – in school, with friends, and in familiar situations – so that they can be armed with logic and a healthy dose of critical thinking skills.
We’re planning for the first six books in the book series to include:
- Under the Staircase: Meeting Milton (Milton Friedman)
- Under the Staircase: Hello Hayek! (Friedrich Hayek)
- Under the Staircase: Talking to Thomas (Thomas Sowell)
- Under the Staircase: Waiting for Walter (Walter Williams)
- Under the Staircase: Asking Adam (Adam Smith)
- Under the Staircase: Adventures with Ayn (Ayn Rand)
Your Kickstarter support will cover the costs involved in launching the book series and bringing these books to life. More detailed descriptions of each support level can be found on the right-hand side of this page.
Who should we include in future books? Ludwig von Mises, Jude Wanniski, Henry Hazlitt, Frédéric Bastiat, the great folks at the George Mason University Econ Department? Is there someone else on your wish list? Please send us your recommendations!
For all the parents (and grandparents) out there who are searching for the right words, or the right time, or the best delivery (because we know our kids will run away if they think a speech is heading their way)…I hope you’ll consider supporting the upcoming Under the Staircase economic adventure book series.
Risks and challenges
Any risks? Well, we'll be tracking three main things - people, time, and money. In other words, we'll be choosing the right folks to take on the artwork, website, public relations, legal mumbo jumbo, production, and launch activities. We'll manage the schedule (i.e. crack the whip as needed) to make sure the books are delivered on time. And we'll manage the budget (yes, we are quite thrifty) to wring the best value for every last dollar, because we do indeed practice what we preach.
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