In this episode you’ll learn about the Government 1B course of the Ron Paul Curriculum. This course is taught by New York Times bestselling author Dr. Thomas Woods.
The standard government course generally dives right into the various areas of life in which we allegedly need government involvement. This course is different.
This course begins not with government itself but with the rights of the people, with several lessons on the natural-rights tradition in Western civilization. And unlike the standard government course, which gives government the benefit of the doubt, this course considers whether the people themselves might not be able to provide the various services for which we are told we need government.
“Truth is truth regardless of whether anyone believes it or not.” ~Augustine
Government 1B Course Overview
After taking this course, students will:
- be conversant with major political thinkers
- understand the origins of natural rights
- understand the origins and role of property rights
- have a firm grasp of the consequences of government involvement in labor relations, science, welfare, foreign aid, monopoly prevention, drugs, money, health care, and more
- be able to discuss comparative systems: fascism, communism, social democracy, constitutional republicanism, monarchy, and more
- and much more
This 9th-grade course continues from Government 1A. It is the fruit of over 20 years of learning and study by Dr. Woods, summarized in a half-year course.
When Government 1B covers material introduced in Government 1A, it does so at a slightly higher level, building upon and reinforcing what you learned in the earlier course.
Parents can listen the course lessons (which average about 25 minutes, but range from 18 minutes to an extreme of 38 minutes) from all Dr. Wood’s courses during their commutes or around the house. On each lesson page you’ll find a link to a downloadable audio file.
You can click here to learn more about this course and the Ron Paul Curriculum.
Current Educational Journey
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What If I’d Had the RPC
Without a doubt it would have saved me a tremendous amount of work to get educated. By the time I was 18, I would have had an absolute command of the liberty arguments and how to argue them.
Advice to Parents
If you’re interested in ideas of liberty, you should take the opportunity to learn this material yourself.
Advice to Students
Take the opportunity now to learn from world-class instructors what very few people know. You are being set up for success in life. Put in the effort now and you’ll collect the dividends for life.
The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul. The best way to begin your intellectual journey on liberty.
Here are three books by Thomas Woods to help you win debates on freedom and limited government:
- Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
- 33 Questions about American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask
- Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire To the Index Card of Allowable Opinion
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About the Instructor
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his masters degrees in history and philosophy and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs. He is the host of The Tom Woods Show, a weekday podcast you can find at TomWoods.com.
Dr. Woods’s 12 books include the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse. His latest book is Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion.
Tom Woods teaches Western Civilization and Government courses for the Ron Paul Curriculum. He lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife and five daughters.
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