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KTR, Chapter 1

Politics: Who Gets What, and How?

Ryan Burge

on 7 September 2016

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Transcript of KTR, Chapter 1

What is Politics?
Who gets what when and how
"Life in the
state of nature
would be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"
More Government Control
Less Government Control
Government owns all land and businesses
Private property but lots of government control
Private property but little government control
Private property with absolutely no government control
Less Government Control
More Government Control
No laws; no government
People do as they please
Government's job is to protect individual rights
Individuals do as they please as long as it doesn't break the law
Government dictates how individuals live their lives
Where Does Democracy Come From?
Athenian Democracy
voted on everything

*Not including: females, slaves, youth, and resident aliens
Average Athenians didn't have the time to participate
Thomas Hobbes
Citizens enter into an agreement with their government - a social contract
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Taxes, Allegiance, Freedom
Protect our life, liberty, property
Right of Rebellion
The United States is
a democracy
'The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate'
The Foundational Question:
Is Human Nature Good and Virtuous?
Is Human Nature Self Interested and Dangerous?
Team 1: $50
Team 2: $80
Team 3: $60
Team 4: $40
Team 5: $100
Team 6: $30
Team 7: $20
Four choices: 
1. Invest property, receive 10% return. 
2. Sell property to another team as part of agreement
3. Sell yourself into slavery, when owning team dies, everyone dies. No decision making power. 
4. Attack a team with less property and take 20 dollars. 
State of Nature Game
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