In 1776, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, officially marking the beginning of the United States of America. Links Common Sense Tuttle Twins 10 Important Facts about the Declaration of Independence Declaration of Independence Text John Locke and the Right to Revolution Timeline of Revolutionary War
The First Amendment to the Constitution gives people the right to free speech. But what does “free speech” actually mean and are there any limits to that freedom? Free Speech: The right to express opinions or beliefs without the government telling you what you can and cannot say People to Know James Madison Thinks to Know First Amendment Bill of Rights Orgs to Know FIRE Young Americans for Liberty
We know the federal government holds a lot of power, but what happens when the states and the federal government disagree? Thinks to Know Fugitive Slave Act Real ID Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions Key Terms Enumerated Powers: A list of things the government is allowed to do Nullification: The right of each state to cancel or invalidate any federal law which that state has deemed unconstitutional Links Tenth Amendment Center
No two people are the same. But our differences aren’t a bad thing. In fact, our differences allows us to use our special talents and skills to trade with others and live meaningful lives. Links Harrison Bergeron Key Terms Division of labor: A production process involving many different people, each of whom specialize in and work on a different task, thereby collaborating to do something greater together than any one of them could do alone. Dystopia: A society characterized by oppression, misery, and usually significant government coercion over people.
Throughout U.S. history, presidents have used national emergencies to abuse their power. While the president is the Commander in Chief of the nation, that doesn’t mean his authority is without limits. Links Tuttle Twins Messed Up Market Key Terms Enumerated Powers: A list of things the government is allowed to do Executive Orders: A rule or order issued by the president to an executive branch of the government and having the force of law.
Capitalism, Communism, Socialism … why is the world obsessed with identifying with “isms?” And what do these things mean? Key Terms Individualism: Allowing individuals to make their own choices independent of what the “collectives” may want. Collectivism: Forcing individuals to act in a way that others have decided to be the “common good” to allegedly benefit the most people; prioritizing a group of people over each individual in it. Socialism: A political and economic system in which people are given products or services no matter what they produce. Free Market: An economic system where people are allowed to freely cooperate
Ever wonder why the rich are always portrayed as bad guys in the media? Is there something wrong with being rich, or do the books and movies have it wrong? Links Money Speech Atlas Shrugged https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-T0ey0IKDA People Elon Musk Jeff Bezos Ludwig von Mises
Have you ever noticed how many choices we have when it comes to the products we can buy? Pepsi or Coke? McDonalds or Burger King? When companies fight for our business, consumers like you and me win by having more options available to us. Links Business Wars Podcast Key Terms Monopoly: A business that does not have any competition Free Market: An economic system where people are allowed to freely cooperate and exchange goods without excessive regulation
Some rules help to keep us safe. But sometimes, people in powerful get carried away and make too many rules, restricting our behavior and prohibiting us from doing simple things like opening a neighborhood lemonade stand or even limiting which businesses are allowed to operate. Links Build a Sandcastle, Get Fined $500, and Maybe Go to Jail Arnold Abbott, lifelong activist who fought to feed the homeless, dies at 94 Got a License for that YouTube Channel? Lessons from a Lemonade Stand Key Terms Civil Disobedience: refusal to comply with certain laws that are believed to be unjust Occupational License:
We all want to be safe. But sometimes, people in power try to convince us that we need to trade our rights in order to feel safer. When our Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution, they did not intend for us to compromise liberty for security, so why do we let this happen today? Key Terms Rights: An entitlement to have, do, or believe something that nobody can take away from you Tempestuous: strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion
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