Dr. Paul Cleveland

Navigating Controversial Issues

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042 Different This Time

Can you list a single example of a time and place where socialism has worked?
Can socialism be enacted apart from force?
Does voting it into place mean there will not be force required?
Apart from people having a moral grounding that would cause them to choose the better option, would we expect a 51% vote protect the rights of everyone?

041 What Happened to Venezuela?

What is the history behind what has happened in Venezuela?
Real freedom for a culture involves three basic freedoms, like the legs of a three-legged stool. What are those three freedoms?

040 Market Process vs Government Directives

Will market prices or government directives do a better job of driving the market in productive directions?
Would large scale windmill farms and solar panel farms be built if they didn’t get subsidies from taxpayers?

038 The Dynamic Economy

Why is it important that the economy is always allowed to freely change?
What drives people to discover new ways of doing things?
Should the government try to direct this change?

037 Pursuit of Power

What do the Kavanaugh hearings tell us about consolidation of power in D.C.?
Where did the idea come from that the Constitution is a “living” document?
Are ever-changing rules really rules at all?

036 The Presumption of Production

Do you resent having to pay producers for the things you want?
How much would producers produce if they could not sell it for a profit?
Is there any politico-economic system that can do away with every human ill?
Historically, has socialism or free enterprise produced more prosperity?

035 Romanticism

When we talk about the living conditions in workers slums that developed during the industrial revolution, do we consider what life was like for those people before they moved to the cities for these jobs?
Why did they move to the cities?
In what ways are our conceptions of history romanticized to the point of being unrealistic?

034 Economic Justice and Mercy

What is economic justice?
Is it more just when everyone receives the same income?
Or is it more just when pay level is related to amount of skill and effort?
What is charity?
Can we be forced to be charitable by government?

033 Incentives Matter

Why do incentives matter?
How much would be produced if individuals could not profit from their efforts?
What incentives motivate you to produce goods or services for others?

032 False Allegations of Abundance

Who makes false allegations of abundance?
Do we have an over-abundance of “stuff”?
Don’t massive car dealership inventories and loaded grocery store shelves prove we have overcome the problem of scarcity?

030 Private Property

Is it possible to “abolish all property rights”?
Have you ever thought about the fact that your labor is your property?
What happens to communal bicycles on a college campus?

029 Moral and Legal Positivism

It seems that the moral fabric of our culture is undergoing some major reconstruction as many voices today declare we should all accept behavior that has for centuries been deemed as immoral.
Should whatever is the currently accepted morality be the basis for our laws?
What is positivism?
Who popularized this view of what laws we should adopt?
Is cost/benefit analysis the best way to determine what should be law?
Is there a better way?

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