The following videos cover the unreported information that should be examined on ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS, but are not. These videos express the views of capitalism vs. socialism/communism. Everyone who votes should be able to examine all sides of an issue. These videos are important for English 1A students as they write their comparison paper on Adam Smith’s ideas and Karl Marx’s ideas and to English 1B students as they discover the basis of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations as used in the novel and film Atlas Shrugged. Viewing these videos and commenting on them will give each student an extra credit point of 1%. The extra credit is only an enticement to learn about research. In the end, all students must depend on their own intellect and not how someone else or some outside entity has tried to indoctrinate them. James Madison says it best in Federalist Paper #10 (available on this website under the heading of CIVICS). Thomas Sowell has a weekly column in our local newspaper, The Press Enterprise. He is also featured in the film Generation Zero and is a member of the highly regarded think tank at Stanford University. My teaching philosophy is different than many of students’ former or current instructors in K-12 and in the college environment. I believe in the facilitator/learner model of education. The facilitator’s responsibility is to direct the student in how to learn as an individual and the learner’s responsibility to examine every idea presented and to make an independent response. Your independent responses will be read by other students. Each student will benefit from reading “honest” and “well-considered” comments. All will benefit from considering others’ analyses of any given topic. All individuals then have the opportunity to amend their position or to cement their own ideas as correct and be able to articulate them clearly.
In this clip from the 1980 Free To Choose, socialist Frances Fox Piven tangles with Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell. We thought this would be interesting in light of the recent dustup between The New York Times and Fox News (Glenn Beck) on the subject of Piven
Redistribution of Wealth
In this classic clip from the 1980 PBS series, Walter Williams and Milton Friedman mix it up with the teamsters on the subject of labor unions. Which does more for the conditions of the worker — the free market or unions?
Thomas Sowell discusses characteristics that define liberals and conservatives, and his own personal transition from Marxism to libertarianism.