In which John Green teaches about filthy, filthy lucre. Money. And Debt. So, what is money? And what is it for? And why do we use money? And why does it all disappear so quickly after payday? John will look into 75% of these questions, and if he doesn’t come up with answers, we’ll get into some interesting ideas along the way, at least. This week we’ll investigate whether money displaces barter, then leads to war, slavery, and what we think of as civilized social orders. We’ll also see what old Adam Smith thinks of big money, no whammies, this week on Crash Course.
In which John Green returns to teaching World History! This week, we’ll be talking about the idea of civilization, some of the traditional hallmarks of so-called civilization, and why some people would choose to live outside the civilization model. It turns out, not everyone who lives outside of what we traditionally think of as a “civilized” social order is necessarily a barbarian! To defuse any tension you may be feeling, I’ll just tell you now, the Mongols are back. You’ll learn about Zomia, swidden agriculture, and even a little about anarchy!
In which John Green sings the Crash Course intro song, is interrupted by quite possibly the loudest truck in all existence, and attempts to pronounce the most difficult word in the history of words - which is apparently “misanthropy.”
So let me explain why I like to pay taxes for schools even tough I don’t personally have a kid in school; I don’t like living in a country with a bunch of stupid people.
John Green (Crash course World History #34: Samourai, Daimyo, Matthew Perry, and Nationalism)