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How Government Power Threatens Freedom


Published: March 3, 2020

We have forgotten the basic truths that the founders of this country knew so well: the greatest threat to human freedom is the concentration of power, whether in the government or anyone else. Preserving the freedoms that we have will require a more widespread understanding of the danger of overgoverned societies. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the possible consequences of living in an overgoverned society?
  2. Can the concentration of power by groups other than the government threaten freedoms in society?

Additional resources:

  • Watch “How to Stay Free” with Milton Friedman, available here.
  • Read “The Perils of Executive Power” by Richard Epstein, available here.
  • Read “Isaiah Berlin’s Many-Sided Concept of Liberty” by Peter Berkowitz, available here.