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”

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

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

A Gun is as Good or as Bad as the Man using it

English: Lesson 145 "Compare and contrast the attitude of each movie regarding guns." Shane (1953) and High Noon (1952) are two of the best western movies ever created. Until this last week, westerns to me were just fun movies filled with drama, gun fighting, and simple sets and characters with not a lot of detail … Continue reading A Gun is as Good or as Bad as the Man using it