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The standard government course generally dives right into the various areas of life in which we allegedly need government involvement. This course is different.
This course begins not with government itself but with the rights of the people, with several lessons on the natural-rights tradition in Western civilization. And unlike the standard government course, which gives government the benefit of the doubt, this course considers whether the people themselves might not be able to provide the various services for which we are told we need government.
After taking this course, you will:
- be conversant with major political thinkers
- understand the origins of natural rights
- understand the origins and role of property rights
- have a firm grasp of the consequences of government involvement in labor relations, science, welfare, foreign aid, monopoly prevention, drugs, money, health care, and more
- be able to discuss comparative systems: fascism, communism, social democracy, constitutional republicanism, monarchy, and more
- and much more (see below!)
This course is aimed at ninth graders, but I assure adults that you will not feel talked down to at all if you choose to take this course yourself. The vast bulk of the lessons also include recommended reading assignments, and a suggested writing assignment is included with each week’s material. Treat yourself, or your student, to this smorgasbord of knowledge today!
2. Natural Rights Theories: High Middle Ages to Late Scholastics
3. Natural Rights Theories: John Locke and Self-Ownership
4. Natural Rights Theories: Argumentation Ethics
5. Week 1 Review
11. Critics of Liberalism: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the General Will
12. Critics of Liberalism: John Rawls and Egalitarianism
13. Critics of Liberalism: Thomas Nagel and Ronald Dworkin
14. Critics of Liberalism: G.A. Cohen
15. Week 3 Review
56. Constitutionalism: Purpose
57. The American Case: Self-Government and the Tenth Amendment
58. The American Case: Progressives and the “Living, Breathing Document”
59. The American States and the Federal Government
60. Week 12 Review