Examine issues surrounding the relative size of government and the appropriate level of government interventions into the economy. These topics are directly linked and they are the center of much controversy.
Compose a brief essay of at least 400 words but no more than 600 words on the following topic, referring to and critiquing relevant ideas from at least three of the Week 10 readings as you develop your thoughts.
Ron Pestritto: "The Birth of the Administrative State: Where It Came From and What It Means for Limited Government"
Ryan Messmore: "A Moral Case against Big Government"
Progressivism and Expansive Government:
Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks: "Patriotism and Progressivism"
John Halpin and Conor P. Williams: "What is Progressivism?"
Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin: "The Progressive Tradition in American Politics" [pay particular attention to the bullet list, Progressive reforms: A century of accomplishments"]
Capitalism and Socialism: Pro and Con:
Walter Williams: The Entrepreneur as American Hero"
Samuel Gregg: "Markets, Morality, and Civil Society"
Communists and Socialists:
Bertrand Russell: In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays (1935): Chapter VII: "The Case for Socialism"
Marx and Engels: Selection from The Communist Manifesto (1848)