Dr. Paul ClevelandNavigating Controversial Issues
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
What do economists mean by the means of production? What are the three means? Any time something is produced, it requires at least some of each of the three.
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?
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?
Do we need government? What does it mean to be free agents? What does the Apostle Paul say is the purpose of government? How does politics affect government?
How does government redistribution destroy freedom?
How does government redistribution of wealth destroy community? How does free trade promote community?
In a country as wealthy as America, should the government redistribute some of the wealth to help out those who are struggling? If we vote on it, and the majority of the people think it is a good idea, does this justify taxing away from some to give it to others?
Today I am joined by my son, Caleb to discuss scarcity a little further. Let me know what you think, and share with your friends. [site_reviews_form title="Rate the...