A pencil might seem like a simple, boring object. But the truth of the matter is, the production of a pencil is so extensive, no single person can make one on their own. It takes voluntary cooperation and something free market economists call, “spontaneous order.” Books: Tuttle Twins and Miraculous Pencil I, Pencil Terms: Spontaneous order: The natural occurring phenomenon where human beings are able to organize themselves organically without a central authority. It is the result of human actions, not of human design. Links: Milton Friedman: Nobody Can Make A Pencil People: Leonard Reed F.A. Hayek
In June 2013, 29-year-old Edward Snowden bravely told the whole country that their government had been spying on them. And not only them, on the entire world. As a result, he’s no longer allowed back in the U.S without facing treason charges and life in prison, or worse. But he risked all that because sometimes the truth is more important than the consequences. He also proved that sometimes, one person can change the entire world. Terms: Metadata: a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. Whistleblower: a person who informs on a person or organization engaged
Sometimes people in power make laws that we don’t agree with, sometimes they even make laws that go against the Constitution. What happens when we disagree with lawmakers and is it ever okay to disobey these laws? Terms: Rule of Law: the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws. Links: How a Dallas salon owner changed Texas’ reopening debate Lemonade Stands Legalized in Utah Books: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail Civil Disobedience
Businessmen and women play a unique role in our society. By solving problems, creating useful products and services, and creating jobs, entrepreneurs help make our whole world a better place. Links Magatte Wade Richard Branson Scott Paul Elon Musk Steve Jobs Terms Entrepreneur: A person who takes risks and starts businesses that create value and solve problems for consumers.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw lots of lawmakers and people in power use the crisis to to champion policies and pass laws. But the pandemic was not the first time this has happened. Politicians often use crises, like war and economic problems, to pass harmful laws. Books Feardom Links Project for A New American Century
You don’t have to be a grownup to start a business. From neighborhood lemonade stands to homemade toys, there are so many ways for kids to be entrepreneurial. Links Kid Trillionaire Lessons from a Lemonade Stand Meet the teens who make six figures mowing lawns Acton Children’s Business Fair Children’s Entrepreneur Market Teenager becomes millionaire with healthy candy business Shark Tank Books Babysitter’s Club Lessons from a Lemonade Stand
So many grownups are always telling kids they need to go to college in order to be successful adults. But what if college isn’t the right path for everyone? And maybe there are other ways to become successful adults. Links Skip College Praxis John Taylor Gatto
From telling us what food we eat to what medicines we can take, people in power have tried to tell individuals what they shouldn’t put into their bodies for decades. But who should decide what a person can do, the individual or the government? Food and Drug Administration: The government agency responsible for determining what food and medicines individuals are allowed to consume.
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
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