The Government and Efficiency


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Majority Rule and Economic Efficiency
Public and Private Interest

There have been a number of examples that show that many people will sign just about anything. In this clip a young lady gets people to sign a petition to ban water, or as she calls it, dihydrogen monoxide. Why did people sign? Penn draws some conclusions. Do you agree that his conclusions are merited by this experiment? Why or why not? Can you see any other lessons in this clip?

The Politics of Taxation

Donald Duck is eager to pay income taxes in this WWII propaganda film. When will people sacrifice for the common good? Is it a privilege, not just a duty, to pay taxes? (Note the technology for writing--have you ever used a fountain pen? When did ballpoint pens replace fountain pens?)

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