Sweden as an Example of the Free Market and the Protestant Work Ethic

Government 1B: Lesson 65 The standard claim about Sweden is that it shows society can prosper without a free market and with extensive government intervention. But the fact of the matter is, economists and politicians who use this claim have not studied the history of Sweden and know next to nothing about its culture, people, … Continue reading Sweden as an Example of the Free Market and the Protestant Work Ethic

Althusius vs Hobbes | Protecting the Rights “endowed by our Creator”

Describe the models of society laid out by Althusius and Hobbes. We are living in the shadow of a once great empire that built its foundation upon the words, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit … Continue reading Althusius vs Hobbes | Protecting the Rights “endowed by our Creator”

Washington Monument Syndrome | Government manipulation tactics

Government 1B: Lesson 45 The "benefit principle" has been used to justify progressive income taxation. What is the benefit principle? Are there any problems with it? The benefit principle attempts to create taxation similar to market pricing, where individuals should be taxed in accordance with the benefits they receive from the government. While sounding nice … Continue reading Washington Monument Syndrome | Government manipulation tactics

Save the Trees or Save the Oceans | The Effects of Government Intervention

Government 1B: Lesson 40 Save the Trees or Save the Oceans The market and the environment have been hot topics for decades, and it is once again affecting our daily lives though not in a way you might have expected. Paper bags or plastic bags? Save the trees or save the ocean? This is the … Continue reading Save the Trees or Save the Oceans | The Effects of Government Intervention

The Effects of WWII and the Invention of Healthcare

Government 1B: Lesson 35 What are some of the factors that have contributed to rising health-care costs in the United States? It is no secret that WWI & WWII changed the lives of millions and generations to follow. Not only were countless lives lost, but every sphere of life was dramatically affected and permanently changed. … Continue reading The Effects of WWII and the Invention of Healthcare

Voting is not Consent and we are still Slaves

In this essay I discuss the arguments of government, consent, and slavery put forth by the three philosophers below. John Lock (1632 to 1704): an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism". Lysander Spooner (1808 to 1876): an American individualist anarchist, also an abolitionist, entrepreneur, … Continue reading Voting is not Consent and we are still Slaves

Locke & Rothbard on Self-Ownership & Private Property

Government 1B: Lesson 5 In the first week of the Rob Paul Curriculum Government 1B, the issue of Natural Rights Theories was discussed. The phrase, natural rights, has been thrown around the political arena for years and most people, including myself, do not have a good understanding of what that means or where it comes from. … Continue reading Locke & Rothbard on Self-Ownership & Private Property