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

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

An Example of the Broken Window Fallacy

Economics: Lesson 125 An example of the broken window fallacy as applied to a government intervention. The broken window fallacy is all about seeing the thing unseen. Government is often at fault for taking taxes and using them for things that are not necessary but are easily seen by the public. If taxpayers were able … Continue reading An Example of the Broken Window Fallacy

Honest Money and the Economic Laws of the Bible

"Does a national government need to issue its own money in order to secure honest money?" What is Honest Money? To even begin to answer this question we have to understand what honest money is. Money is described as the most marketable commodity, and the origin of money was determined by the people and market. … Continue reading Honest Money and the Economic Laws of the Bible

The Government is Counterfeiting

Economics: Lesson 85 Is it counterfeiting when government-licensed banks create money out of nothing? Counterfeiting; when someone makes a copy, a fake of the real thing. The counterfeit is meant to be carefully passed off to the general public in a way that will trick everyone into thinking that the counterfeited copy is the real … Continue reading The Government is Counterfeiting