POLITICAL SPECTRUM POWER POINT

POLITICAL SPECTRUM POWER POINT - ThePoliticalSpectrum

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WHERE DO POLITICAL BELIEFS COME FROM? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LIBERAL? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CONSERVATIVE? The Political Spectrum
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The Political Spectrum Some assumption about people and politics: All people have different views about how government should  accomplish its purposes.    The two basic competing political perspectives on how  government should accomplish its three purposes are called the  LIBERAL perspective and the CONSERVATIVE perspective.   LIBERAL and CONSERVATIVE beliefs are in a continuous,  constant conflict with each other over the best way for  government to accomplish its three purposes.  Sometimes one  person can be conflicted because they have liberal  and  conservative beliefs.  
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The Political Spectrum What does the government  need  to accomplish the  purposes of government Government needs to able to force people to behave  in ways that they may not choose (coercive  behavior).  POLICE! Government needs to be able to afford the costs to  maintain order, provide public goods, and protect  property (extract wealth). TAXES!
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The US and State Government employ roughly one million  people to enforce the law (roughly 3.5 people per 1,000  population) The US  military has 1.4 million people serving in active  duty and another 1.4 million in reserves Those personnel enforce everything from local traffic laws to  federal drug enforcement  These personnel have the legal authority to detain and even  kill violators of the law The US  military has 1.4 million people serving in active  duty and another 1.4 million in reserves
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EXTRACTING WEALTH In 2006, the IRS collected $2.2 trillion in taxes  (primarily income and corporate taxes)
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POLITICAL SPECTRUM POWER POINT - ThePoliticalSpectrum

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