One way to think about this tension between liberty and equality is to look at an exchange that took place between two of the great American political philosophers in the 20th century, Robert Nozick and John Rawls. John Rawls had argued that equality was really the benchmark, the moral benchmark, for social and political institutions…Read More Libertarian Philosophy: Rawls and Nozick on Liberty & Equality – Learn Liberty
So what’s your view about what the role of government should be? What’s your criteria for deciding what you think government should do? What’s your methodology? What’s your philosophy for making that broad goal? Why do you think government should be limited? Do you think it should be limited because of the consequences of government…Read More Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 7: Conclusion: What’s Your View?
When people look at the Third Way identity of much of social democracy today and say, “This isn’t social democracy,” they are wrong. This _is_ social democracy, just as North Korea and China illustrate what communism has become. The Left that came out of these organizational efforts can try to reinvent social democracy as a…Read More Social Democracy After the Cold War (booklaunch)
Professor Steven Smith: Last time, I believe I said I wanted to discuss three features that Tocqueville regarded as central to American democracy. That is not to say they were central to the democratic experience, but they are central features of the American democratic experience and to what degree these can be or could possibly…Read More 22. Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
Professor Steven Smith: I hope that everybody followed Rousseau’s advice and yesterday exercised your rights as citizens of a free state. We hope so. I begin today with an apology and that is for the particular edition that you’re using for this section of the class on Rousseau. This is the only edition that I’ve…Read More 18. Democracy and Participation: Rousseau’s Discourse
And thanks to Stanford and Dr. Milani for inviting me. I hope you can all hear, because the loudspeaker doesn’t work very well. So I’m loud enough that the students can hear me, way in the back. If you don’t hear me, please raise your hand or speak loudly, so that I can [INAUDIBLE].. OK.…Read More Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed
Professor Steven Smith: There’s so much to say and so little time. Today, I want to talk about the general will, Rousseau’s most important contribution to political science and I will also want to talk about the legacies of Rousseau and what he’s meant for the world that he did so much to shape. But…Read More 20. Democracy and Participation: Rousseau’s Social Contract, I-II
NEW CIRCLE MOVEMENT: DIRECT DEMOCRACY & CIRCULAR ECONOMY the danish parlament, Nov 28th 2017 Thank you for the invitation Uffe and welcome to New Circle Movement We are a group of people who have gathered to explore questions that we find very important among these are: What is democracy really? What is ‘the good life’…Read More Direct democracy and new economic system (with english subtitles)
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, resulting in a great equalizer. The professor then conducted…Read More No Poor No Rich, A Perfect Society? Can Socialism Work?
Why Did Soviet Union Fall Apart It was on 26th December, 1991 when Soviet Union collapsed and 15 separate countries emerged from the disintegration. The eighth and final leader of Soviet Union, Mikhali Gorbachev resigned on the previous day and he handed over his power to the Russian President Boris Yeltsin. This disintegration of the…Read More Why Did Soviet Union Fall Apart – Collapse of Soviet Union Explained