On Self-Ownership, State of Nature, Locke & Rothbard…

Government 1B Week 1 This is the first Government 1B essay. Please enjoy and let me know how this content can be improved. 1) What does John Locke mean by self-ownership? How does he think goods in the state of nature come to be owned by individuals? 2) How does Rothbard defend the idea of self-ownership? Aidan Beckwith 1.) The concept of self-ownership as adopted … Continue reading On Self-Ownership, State of Nature, Locke & Rothbard…

Check This Out

[sponsored content] Aidan Beckwith I am writing to encourage you all to check out my brother’s blog: Colton Beckwith RPC. Colton covers a wide variety of topics as he posts his school essays and more. His essays are interesting and informative. When you visit, don’t forget to follow! You may also be interested in his YouTube channel: Colton Beckwith, where he posts his work in … Continue reading Check This Out

On More Revolutions in France, Socialism, Karl Marx…

Western Civilization 2: Week 19 (1) What happened in France during the Revolution of 1830? (2) Were the Revolutions of 1848 successful or unsuccessful? Discuss two examples. (3) Why did Karl Marx think socialism was superior to capitalism? By Aidan Beckwith (1) The Revolution of 1830 was brought on in France by an economy coming down from its prosperity and into turmoil once again. While … Continue reading On More Revolutions in France, Socialism, Karl Marx…

Should The Bible Be In Chronological Order?

Originally posted on The Diplomat:
Aidan Beckwith The 66 books of the Bible are not in order of when they were written, nor when the events inside them took place. Rather, they are in what is called “convenience” order. Why is this? What is convenience order, and why not use chronological order? Let’s see. First, what is convenience order? This groups the books of the… Continue reading Should The Bible Be In Chronological Order?

On Non-Compulsory English Education, Classical Liberalism, Benjamin Constant…

Western Civilization: Week 17 (1) What does the evidence show about education in England before the compulsory state system was established? (2) What is classical liberalism? (3) Choose one of the works discussed in lesson 83 and explain how it reflects the principles of classical liberalism. (4) Discuss several classical liberal themes that can be found in the work of Benjamin Constant. By Aidan Beckwith … Continue reading On Non-Compulsory English Education, Classical Liberalism, Benjamin Constant…

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms: True Liberty? Or Something Else?

Government 1A: Week 16 Did all four of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms promote liberty? By Aidan Beckwith What did Franklin D. Roosevelt mean by these “four freedoms?” Did they promote liberty, or something else? If you have read my article “Franklin D. Roosevelt Outlines Socialist Principles In His ‘New Bill Of Rights’: A Parallel To Today’s Economy” you would be familiar with the fact … Continue reading Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms: True Liberty? Or Something Else?

On the Western Prosperity, Congress of Vienna, Carlsbad Decrees, Compulsory Education…

Western Civilization 2: Week 16 (1) According to Deirdre McCloskey, why do some of the traditional explanations for Western prosperity fail, and what in her view is the major, unique ingredient that accounts for it? (2) What were the major principles guiding the diplomats at the Congress of Vienna? (3) What were the Carlsbad Decrees? (4) According to Rothbard, did compulsory state education emerge because … Continue reading On the Western Prosperity, Congress of Vienna, Carlsbad Decrees, Compulsory Education…

Stormy Seas

English 3: Week 16 Robinson Crusoe Part 1: How important in the narrative are the description of the storms? By Aidan Beckwith The narrative of the well-known book Robinson Crusoe is very dependent on storms. Not only because of Crusoe’s knack for getting caught in them at sea (as we will see) but also because of the rebellion in Crusoe’s life that those storms were … Continue reading Stormy Seas

The Remnant

Government 1A Week 15 Can the Remnant in one historical era become the majority later? Why or why not? By Aidan Beckwith Can the Remnant in one historical era become the majority later? Absolutely! Why? Well, the answer to this can be seen by looking at some examples. In this article, I will give some real life stories of groups who started as minorities and … Continue reading The Remnant

On The Industrial Revolution, Standard of Living Debate, Slavery…

Western Civilization 2: Week 15 (1) What, in a nutshell, was the Industrial Revolution? (2) What was the standard-of-living debate? (3) What were the different arguments that combined in Britain to pave the way for the abolition of slavery in that country’s overseas colonies? By Aidan Beckwith 1: The Industrial Revolution started in 1760 in Britain and spread to America soon after its beginning. This … Continue reading On The Industrial Revolution, Standard of Living Debate, Slavery…

Franklin D. Roosevelt Outlines Socialist Principles in his "New Bill of Rights": A Parallel to Today's Economy

By Aidan Beckwith In a two weeks from now, I will be writing an article on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. The lesson it is based out of, though, featured this video of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In it, he called certain entities “rights.” First, watch this video. Then I will explain why this is a threat to capitalism as a whole. In the video, the … Continue reading Franklin D. Roosevelt Outlines Socialist Principles in his "New Bill of Rights": A Parallel to Today's Economy

On French & American Revolutions, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft…

Western Civilization: Week 14 How does Friedrich Gentz distinguish between the American and French Revolutions? Do you see the influence of Edmund Burke in his thinking? What points is Mary Wollstonecraft making in the excerpts you read from the beginning of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman? What would she like to see changed in European society? By Aidan Beckwith Friedrich Gentz noted the … Continue reading On French & American Revolutions, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft…

On French Revolution, Reign of Terror, Napoleon, Church of France…

Western Civilization 2 Week 13 (1) What happened (involving the Third Estate) during the meeting of the Estates General that set the French Revolution in motion? (2) How would you summarize the principles of the French Revolution in its first three years? (3) Look online for additional resources about the atrocities described in the lesson on the Reign of Terror and summarize what happened in … Continue reading On French Revolution, Reign of Terror, Napoleon, Church of France…

Bacon

English 3: Week 12  “Would any of Bacon’s essays have been more persuasive if he had talked about his own experiences? Which ones? Why?” Aidan Beckwith In Francis Bacon’s Essays, we see a style that draws audiences, but once they are drawn in, they get bored or confused and leave. There are a few reasons for this, and we will look at them in this … Continue reading Bacon

On Enlightened Absolutism, American Revolution…

Western Civilization 2: Week 12 (1) What was “enlightened absolutism”? (2) What was the constitutional dispute between the colonists and the British government that led to the American Revolution? Give specific examples of how this constitutional dispute was evident in particular events (e.g., the Stamp Act). 1.) Enlightened absolutism, in its simplest definition, is when monarchs during the 18th and 19th centuries used the ideas … Continue reading On Enlightened Absolutism, American Revolution…

What is This Student's Perspective?

On A Student’s Perspective Aidan Beckwith This site is a platform in which ideas are presented through thought-provoking questions. All of the posts promote economic freedom, personal freedom, and God-given rights. All rights stem from God. Those who believe that changing laws is what gives us rights are wrong. When the laws are against our rights, this does not mean that we do not have … Continue reading What is This Student's Perspective?

Power of the People?…Or Overreach?

Government 1A Week 11 “Should the group in a legislator’s district that got him elected monitor his votes, and recruit someone to run against him in the next primary if he starts voting wrong?” By Aidan Beckwith The question of this essay is whether or not private citizens or political groups may be allowed to monitor the way their elected officials and run them off … Continue reading Power of the People?…Or Overreach?

On French Materialists, The Invisible Hand, King Louis XV, War of the Austrian Succession…

Western Civilization 2: Week 11 (1) Explain the views of the French materialists. (2) What does Adam Smith mean by the “invisible hand”? (3) On what grounds have historians argued that King Louis XV damaged France as well as the cause of absolute monarchy? (4) Discuss the causes and consequences of the War of the Austrian Succession. By Aidan Beckwith The French materialists were those … Continue reading On French Materialists, The Invisible Hand, King Louis XV, War of the Austrian Succession…

Police vs. Politician- A Question of Rights

Government 1A Week 10 “Should the police be allowed to enforce a politician’s verbal restriction against making a video of him at an open meeting?” By Aidan Beckwith In this essay, I will examine both sides of the question and come to my own conclusion at the end. I encourage you to come to your own conclusion as well. The question is whether the police … Continue reading Police vs. Politician- A Question of Rights

On Science Through the 18th Century, Enlightenment…

Western Civilization 2: Week 10 (1) What was the Ptolemaic-Aristotelian view of the universe, and how did Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton undermine it and institute an alternative? (2) Recent historians of science have revisited the traditional version of the Scientific Revolution and have disputed the standard claim that religion and science were locked in a titanic struggle. What is some of the evidence these … Continue reading On Science Through the 18th Century, Enlightenment…

Sanctions in the Bible

English 3: Week 10 “How important is the idea of covenant sanctions in the week’s readings?” [For your information, the reading for this week came from the King James Bible: Deuteronomy 28-34; Ruth 1-4; Matthew 18…] This essay will examine the importance of sanctions in the Bible. I will first explain sanctions, and then put them in context with what the Bible has to say. … Continue reading Sanctions in the Bible

General Motors is Too Big!..?

Government 1A: Week 9 “Pick any chapter in How to Argue, and write 250 words on this: “How could voluntary arrangements solve this problem if the state did not impose the politics of plunder?” By Aidan Beckwith In chapter 63 of the book “How to Argue With a Liberal and Win!” this question is raised: Should GM be broken up by the government? The question was … Continue reading General Motors is Too Big!..?

On 16 & 17th Century Art, Peter the Great, Frederick William…

Western Civilization 2: Week 9 (1) According to your reading and the examples in the slides, what are some of the characteristic features of (a) Mannerism and (b) the Baroque? (2) Describe Peter the Great’s program for Russia. (3) What did Frederick William accomplish? By Aidan Beckwith Mannerism and the Baroque period are terms related to art in the 16th century. Mannerism was a style … Continue reading On 16 & 17th Century Art, Peter the Great, Frederick William…

Don Quixote: From Beginning to End and Nowhere in Between

English 3: Week 9 “How was Don Quixote’s knight-errant oath in conflict with his deathbed oath?” In this essay, we will see what the 17th century book by Cervantes, Don Quixote, is all about. We will look at two quotes in particular. One was at the very beginning of the book. The other is at the end of the book. Both were quotes by the … Continue reading Don Quixote: From Beginning to End and Nowhere in Between

On Mercantilism, Edict of Nantes, Wars in France, War of the Spanish Succession…

Western Civilization: Week 8 (1) What were the key ideas of mercantilism? (2) How was the revocation of the Edict of Nantes justified in the document you read? (3) What were the causes and outcomes of the wars involving France in the latter half of the seventeenth century? (4) What was at stake in the War of the Spanish Succession? By Aidan Beckwith 1.) Mercantilism … Continue reading On Mercantilism, Edict of Nantes, Wars in France, War of the Spanish Succession…

Macbeth: 17th Century Shakespeare

English 3: Week 8 “Was Lady Macbeth Correct: ‘What’s done is done?’” In the play by Shakespeare called Macbeth, Lady Macbeth convinced her husband to commit regicide (the act of killing a king) against King Duncan. This makes her the Queen of Scots. Her guilt, however, leads her to kill herself in the final act of the play. Normally it doesn’t take me this short … Continue reading Macbeth: 17th Century Shakespeare

On Cardinal Richelieu, The Decline of Spain, Constitutionalism, Thomas Hobbes…

Western Civilization 2: Week 7 17th Century Figures and Events: (1) What were Cardinal Richelieu’s primary aims? (2) What factors contributed to the decline of Spain? (3) What is constitutionalism? Discuss the views of Juan de Mariana, as laid out in the reading for lesson 33. (4) With the video of lesson 34 to help you, what do you think Hobbes’ main arguments are in … Continue reading On Cardinal Richelieu, The Decline of Spain, Constitutionalism, Thomas Hobbes…

No Week 7 English Assignment:

Review of 16th Century No writing assignment this week. Next week, I will begin writing about 17th century literature. Please stay tuned. Thank you for visiting this blog. Please don’t forget to follow! NEXT WEEK: In an examination of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, I will answer this: Was Lady Macbeth correct when she said “What’s done is done?” Don’t miss this and more next week. This blog … Continue reading No Week 7 English Assignment:

State Subsidies: Do They Require State Control?

 “Is it Possible to Have State Subsidies Without State Control?” Government 1A: Week 6 By Aidan Beckwith In this essay I will be discussing the topic: “Is it possible to have state subsidies without state control?” I am going to talk about how money can establish control, and then I will state why I believe the state can easily use that opportunity to take control … Continue reading State Subsidies: Do They Require State Control?

On Oliver Cromwell, The Glorious Revolution, John Locke…

Western Civilization 2: Week 6 By Aidan Beckwith Answer the following: (1) What was English life like under Oliver Cromwell? (2) What was the Glorious Revolution? Why is it significant in English history? (3) On what grounds does Locke believe people can establish a claim to property ownership over a previously unowned good? (4) Why does Locke believe absolute monarchy fails to resolve the “inconveniences” … Continue reading On Oliver Cromwell, The Glorious Revolution, John Locke…

On Eutopians, Thirty Years’ War, English Civil War, Levellers…

Western Civilization 2: Week 5 (1) What kinds of ideas were the “eutopians” promoting? Why is it perhaps not a coincidence that this desire to rethink the organization of society emerged in the sixteenth century in particular? (2) What was the key issue that led to the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War? What religious accommodation was reached by Catholics and Protestants in the Peace … Continue reading On Eutopians, Thirty Years’ War, English Civil War, Levellers…

Fredrick Bastiat: Plunder

Government 1A: Week 4 Explain Bastiat’s concept of the politics of plunder. Aidan Beckwith Fredrick Bastiat was an economist in the 19th century who wrote the essay series “That Which is Seen and That Which is Unseen.” In this essay series, one of the concepts he talked about was that of the politics of plunder. This essay will serve as an explanation of that concept. … Continue reading Fredrick Bastiat: Plunder

On Spanish Revolt, Dutch Revolt, French Wars of Religion, Elizabeth i…

Western Civilization 2: Week 4 (1) What were the causes and consequences of the Spanish revolt that occurred after Charles left to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor? (2) What were the causes of the Dutch revolt? What was the “demonstration effect”? (3) Who were the contenting parties in the French wars of religion? What was the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre? What was the Edict of … Continue reading On Spanish Revolt, Dutch Revolt, French Wars of Religion, Elizabeth i…

Is This Proposition True?

Is online schooling bad because it puts classroom teachers out of business? Well, there are two sides to every story, and this is no exception. Initially, one may think this is bad. The statement in itself illustrates the negative consequences of online schooling, but if one pauses and decides to look deeper into the issue, they will see some flaws with this proposition. Yes, in … Continue reading Is This Proposition True?

Description of Family Government

By Aidan Beckwith I have previously written about whether or not the family is a legitimate form of government. https://aidanbeckwithrpc.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/government-1a-week-1/ This essay is written under the premise that I established that family is a legitimate form of government. I will discuss the five principles of any government as they pertain to the family as a government. These principles are: sovereignty, authority, law, sanctions, and succession. … Continue reading Description of Family Government

On Luther & Calvin

Western Civilization 2: Week 2 1.) In “On the Freedom of a Christian,” Martin Luther stated that faith alone could justify salvation. This ran contrary to the Catholic belief that justification was something that involved going to confessions and observing the sacraments. He taught that man cannot save himself and therefore must rely on God for salvation through faith. He said that Christians were free … Continue reading On Luther & Calvin

Is the Family a Government?

Government 1A: Week 1 Is the family a legitimate form of government? Aidan Beckwith From the beginning of time, the family has been an integral part of society. In almost all cultures, the family is a legitimate institution. It is generally respected. The family, like other sovereign institutions, was originally formed by God. If, as a few say today, the family is not legitimate and … Continue reading Is the Family a Government?

On Luther & The Reformation

Western Civilization 2: Week 1 Depiction of The Condition of the Catholic Church Before the Reformation & A Summary of Luther’s 95 Theses Aidan beckwith 1.) How would you describe the condition of the Catholic church on the eve of the Reformation? On the eve of the Reformation, the Catholic church was not in an ideal condition. While there were some during this time who … Continue reading On Luther & The Reformation

Luther and Pope Leo X

English 3: Week 1 Did Martin Luther, the little-known theology professor who sparked the Protestant Reformation, actually believe that Pope Leo X did not know what the indulgence salesmen were saying? Aidan Beckwith When writing the 95 Theses, Martin Luther seemed to imply in some areas that he believed the pope (Leo X) was unaware of the corruption taking place in the sale of indulgences, … Continue reading Luther and Pope Leo X