My Flower Garden is not a Public Good

Government 1B: Lesson 20 Here's why an elderly lady can stand out on her lawn and shout at people "You are not allowed to look at my flowers!" and not be labelled as the town's crazy old lady. Public goods have been used as a government tactic for decades, and we certainly have many examples … Continue reading My Flower Garden is not a Public Good

Moral Manipulation and Magna Carta

Government 1B: Lesson 15 Does the state have the right to redistribute wealth from some people to others? Why or why not? The quickest way to answer this question is by saying no, absolutely not. But I assume you will want a little more detail and reasoning behind this answer, so I will elaborate. The … Continue reading Moral Manipulation and Magna Carta

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

Good stories deserve a little embellishment

English: Lesson 165 Quiz Show did not tell the truth about key historical figures. Did this break the commandment, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness'? Quiz Show (1994), directed by Robert Redford, is a movie based on the 1950s Twenty One television show scandal when it was discovered that the producers of the hit game show were feeding correct … Continue reading Good stories deserve a little embellishment

Unearned Grace in Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy

English: Lesson 160 In what ways are both movies about grace: gifts unearned by the recipient? Tender Mercies (1983) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) are films about two people who didn't expect grace from the world but are given it. Both films won an Oscar for best lead actor and actress; Robert Duvall in Tender … Continue reading Unearned Grace in Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy