Eric Daniels on Why Small Government Isn't the Answer
Radio Interview: 31 July 2013
I interviewed Eric Daniels on "Why Small Government Isn't the Answer" on 31 July 2013. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
Is "big government" the fundamental problem of American politics? Historian Eric Daniels will explain why this common formulation is misleading, wrong, and even dangerous to liberty.
Dr. Eric Daniels teaches history and works on curriculum development at the LePort Schools in Irvine, California. He has previously taught at Clemson, Georgetown, and Duke Universities. He has a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin.
- Duration: 1:15:05
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- The problem with "big government" versus "small government"
- The proper debate: individual rights
- The two axes of size versus rights
- Big government like judicial activism
- Three categories of government action
- Violating rights versus failing to protect rights
- The Founders' view: not size but the proper ends of government
- The failure of the Articles of Confederation
- 19th century rights violations
- The rights of women
- Violations of rights by local governments, particularly based on race
- The real-life effects of failing to protect rights
- Judges riding the circuit, too small criminal justice system
- Measuring the size of government
- Measuring the growth of government
- The problem of the inessential
- Skewing the political debate toward anarchism
- The appeal to Somalia
- The terms "limited government" and "minarchism"
- Advice for activists
- Eric's new job at LePort Schools
- The Objective Standard: Why "Big Government" is Not the Problem by Eric Daniels
- Vices of the Political System of the United States by James Madison
- lePort Schools
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck." My second book (and online course), Explore Atlas Shrugged, is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to study Ayn Rand's epic novel in depth.
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