The Three Purposes of Government(C)

The Three Purposes of Government(C) - Function of...

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1 st  lecture – US History and Government
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What were the goals of these characters’ governments?
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So….what purpose do you think  government serves?
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I. Maintain order II. Provide public goods III. Protect property
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John Locke a political theorist argues that  government is created to escape the state of nature  (a time of no order where neighbor fights neighbor  for life, liberty and property). As a result, crops are not planted, science is not  developed, trade does not occur Function of Government I: Maintain Order
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What are public goods? Pick a public good and in your group figure  out how it should be paid for? Function of Government II: Develop Public Goods
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Unformatted text preview: Function of Government II: Develop Public Goods Problem: the free rider How do we make people pay for facilities (roads, parks, schools) that are available to everyone but still have to be paid for? Solution: Government How do we know who owns what? More important than it sounds why maintain a home if it can be taken away? Why create a business that can be shut down at any time? Government creates rules (sometimes elaborate) to protect who owns what Function of Government III: Protect Property Purpose of Government News Clippings Due: September 11 and 14 HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT #1...
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