Mini Lessons

Even the best curriculum needs a shake up now and then. Mini Lessons are one-off and timely, offering your lessons reinforcement (or a needed change of pace), and driving home key concepts in a creative way. Use them. Share them.

The End of History

From Common Sense Government eBook: The presidencies of George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993 and Bill Clinton from 1993 ...

The Productive Function of Government

From Common Sense Economics eBook: The second primary function of government, the productive function, involves the provision of activities that ...

The Failure of Reconstruction

From Common Sense American History eBook: Reconstruction continued to lurch forward, but an exhausted nation began to focus on other ...

Secondary Effects

When considering economic policies, it is important to look not only in the intended effects, but also to anticipate the ...

The Job of the Entrepreneur

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: Investment and improvements in technology do not ...

Radical Republicans and Reconstruction

From Common Sense American History eBook: In 1867, the Reconstruction Act was passed over Johnson’s veto establishing five military districts ...

African Americans after the war

From Common Sense American History eBook: With the collapse of the Confederacy in 1865, Union officers and slaveholders throughout the ...

Tear Down This Wall

From Common Sense Government eBook: Ronald Reagan, the final president of the Cold War era, ended the period of détente ...

Lee’s Surrender

From Common Sense American History eBook: Clearly defeated, Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, eighty miles west of ...

Radio Waves

From Common Sense Government eBook: After the commercialization of the radio, people no longer had to wait for the publication ...

Gettysburg

Read from Common Sense American History eBook: … Diplomacy abroad had prevented recognition of the Confederacy, but the Federal army …

The Emancipation Proclamation

Read from Common Sense American History eBook: As the fighting [in the Civil War] turned bloody, without either side gaining …

Flying High

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: Cyril Northcote Parkinson opened a Nov. 1955 article in The Economist with a simple …

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink!

From Common Sense Government eBook: Bureaucratic inertia describes the tendency of administrative institutions to complicate their operations at the expense ...

The Goal is Stuff – not just Jobs!

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: As Adam Smith noted some 240 years ...

How Are You Free?

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: The power of America’s current bureaucracy is evident in its role in shaping and …

Demand, Supply, and Adjustments to Dynamic Change

From Common Sense Economics, Supplement A eBook. The law of demand states that there is a negative relationship between the ...

Dred Scott

Read from Common Sense American History for Life eBook: The Supreme Court decided to address the slave question in the …

In Whose Interest?

From Common Sense Government eBook: Most people naturally assume that politicians act in the public interest as they construct and ...

Remember the Alamo

Read from Common Sense American History for Life eBook: … By the early 1830s, Mexican authorities became alarmed by the …

Prices bring the choices of buyers and sellers into balance

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Market prices will …

Transaction Costs Are An Obstacle To Trade

Watch: CSE: Specializations and Trade CSE: Pawn Stars- “Best Of Bartering” from Certell on Vimeo. 1. The internet is doing …

The Legacy of Slavery after the Revolution

Read from Common Sense American History: The revolutionary generation found slavery contradictory to their beliefs in liberty and equality. In …

Who’s the boss?

Read from Common Sense Government for Life eBook: The central domestic issue during the first decades of the 20th century …

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A Methodist Camp Meeting Read from Common Sense American History: Many Americans believed that the future of this exceptional nation …

Taking Liberties

Read from Common Sense Government for Life eBook: The civil liberties of American citizens, as guaranteed by the Bill of …

Private Property

From Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity eBook: Well-defined and enforced property rights are crucial ...

The March on Washington

From Common Sense Government eBook: Civil liberties are protections for citizens against illegitimate encroachments on the part of the government. ...

Nothing to fear… but fear itself.

Read from Common Sense Government: In the aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929 and subsequent economic collapse, the …

Separate is not Equal

From Common Sense Government eBook: This campaign to end segregation, which involved a number of cases, came to a head ...

“A Man of the People”?

Read from Common Sense American History: The election of Andrew Jackson, a military hero, Tennessee slaveholder, Jeffersonian democrat, symbolized for …

Do What You Do Best, and Trade for the Rest

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Many Americans believe that U.S. workers cannot compete ...

Monetary Stability

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Money is vitally important for the operation of ...

Low Tax Rates

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity When high tax rates take a large share ...

Allocating Capital

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Given the pace of change and the diversity ...

Marbury v. Madison

From Common Sense Government eBook: This case grew out of one of the great early political struggles in the young ...

The Louisiana Purchase

Read from Common Sense American History: In 1803, Jefferson achieved the greatest success of his administration and one that would …

The Importance of Competition to a Market Economy

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): What keeps McDonald’s, …

Power to Ya

From Common Sense Government eBook: Compared to Article One, the description of the President is vague and general. The President ...

Government Regulation and Competition

From Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: As recently as 1970, fewer than 15 percent ...

Minimum Wage

From: Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: Minimum wage rates are perhaps the most ...

The Sources of Prosperity – a Fair Legal System

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): The foundation for …

Who’s in Charge?

Read from Common Sense Government: … Abraham Lincoln represents the high water mark of the presidency in the 19th century. …

Who guards the guardians?

Read from Common Sense Government: The powers of Congress are outlined in Article One of the United States Constitution. The …

The Sedition Act

Read from Common Sense American History: In 1798 … Congress passed the Sedition Act. … This loosely drawn act barred …

Unseen Effects

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016):Trade restrictions between nations …

How to get a New York Strip

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): In a modern …

The Invisible Hand

From Common Sense Economics eBook: Self-interest is a powerful motivator. As Adam Smith noted long ago, when directed by the ...

Valuable Stuff – not jobs – is what makes us all better off!

Production of goods and services people value, not just jobs, provides the source of high living standards. Read from Common …

Business Failures

Profits direct businesses toward productive activities that increase the value of resources, while losses direct them away from wasteful activities …

Separation of Powers

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: Federalism and Separation of Powers Like federalism, the separation of powers principle was designed ...

George Washington Had The Hardest Job

Read from Common Sense American History: George Washington, elected as the first president of the new nation, provided exceptional leadership …

Federalism

Read from Common Sense Government: Federalism is the division of power between the states and the national government. The United …

Creating Wealth…

People earn income by providing others with things they value. Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about …

Power Tends To Corrupt…

Read from Common Sense American History: Those who attended the convention were men of power and privilege, yet they distrusted …

The Boston Massacre

Read from Common Sense American History: When British customs officials in 1768 seized the ship Liberty, owned by wealthy Boston …

1.5 Transaction Costs

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity People who help others arrange trades and make ...

Thank you – No, Thank You!

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity The importance of trade in our modern world ...

Factions and Federalist #10

Common Sense Government eBook: The Constitution Federalist 10 is widely held to be a high water mark in American political ...

If you do something good for me…

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): The foundation of …

The Constitutional Convention

Read from Common Sense Government: Did the Convention overstep its authority right from the first? The Constitution was not a …

The Great Compromise

Common Sense Government eBook: The Constitution … The Constitution enshrined neither the Virginia nor the New Jersey plans. Instead, in ...

There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (TINSTAAFL)

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Politicians, government officials, …

Just One More …

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Nearly all choices are made at the margin. ...

Decisions are made at the margin

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Watch: CSE: Thinking …

TINSTAAFL

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity The reality of life on our planet is ...

Shays’ Rebellion

Common Sense Government eBook: The Articles of Confederation, Shays' Rebellion, and the Call for a Constitutional Convention Watch both: Shays' ...

Limitations of the Articles of Confederation

Read from Common Sense Government: While a league of friendship was undoubtedly better than many of the alternatives, it was …

The Articles of Confederation

Read from Common Sense Government: The Articles of Confederation Watch: CSG: The Articles of Confederation in One Minute CSG: The …

Discovery

Read from Common Sense American History for Life When Christopher Columbus discovered the New World – the American continent – …

The Declaration of Independence

Read from Common Sense Government: The Declaration is, without question, one of the most important documents to emerge from the …

Where’d the Brick Go?

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity In a market economy entrepreneurs are free to ...

Incentives Matter: King-Sized Homer

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity There’s no way to get around the importance ...

The Consent of the Governed: Lockean Ideals

Read from Common Sense Government: Watch: CSG: Monty Python and Pre-Revolution Locke Ideals CSG: Monty Python and Pre-Revolution Locke Ideals …

The Seven Years’ War

Common Sense Government: The Seven Years' War Things did not really heat up between the British and the colonists until 1763, ...

Incentives Matter

Read: from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): All of Economics rest …

“Early Encounters”

Read from Common Sense American History for Life Less than a quarter century after Columbus’s arrival in the New World, …

The War on Terror

From Common Sense Government eBook: The Idea that the world was rapidly moving to a period of peace and liberal ...

Trumpism

From Common Sense American History eBook: In 2016, to almost everyone’s surprise, former Democrat, entrepreneur, and TV star Donald Trump ...

The End of History

From Common Sense Government eBook: With the collapse of the Soviet Union, international politics transitioned from a bipolar structure with ...

Creating an Even Playing Field

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity Governments play a vitally important economic role. ...

The Audacity of Hope

From: Common Sense American History eBook: In 2004, a little-know senate candidate from Illinois electrified the Democratic party in his ...

William Jefferson Clinton

From: Common Sense American History eBook: Bill Clinton was riding high after his election in 1992. With Vice President Al ...

Who Declares War?

From Common Sense Government eBook: Foreign Policy and the Constitution The federal government’s role in foreign affairs was a hot ...

Hands off or a Helping Hand?

From Common Sense Government eBook: America’s role in the world for the past two-and-a-half centuries has been determined by the ...

The Rise of Conservatism

From Common Sense American History eBook: On Jan. 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president on a cold but ...

Four Dead in O-H-I-O

From Common Sense American History eBook: Richard Nixon won election in 1968 by promising he had a secret plan to end ...

We are the Fourth Estate

From Common Sense Government eBook: The Internet and Democratization of the Media When Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “Global Village” ...

When It was Hip to Be Conservative

From Common Sense American History eBook: On Sept. 11, 1960, a group of clean cut, conservative young people met at ...

Who Works for Whom?

From Common Sense Government:  Bureaucratic growth was heightened at the outset of the twentieth century. After his 1912 inauguration, President ...

I Love Lucy!

From Common Sense American History eBook: Americans living in the two decades after World War II witnessed a period of ...

The Marshall Plan

From Common Sense American History eBook: On Mar. 12, 1947, Truman announced his Truman Doctrine, securing $400 million in military ...

Hitler and the Road to War

From Common Sense American History eBook: The outbreak of war in Europe was the culmination of six years of diplomatic ...

The Great Depression

From Common Sense American History eBook: Hoover did not believe in direct relief for the unemployed. He continued to profess ...

Adding Value

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity In a market economy, people who earn ...

Flapper Girls

From Common Sense American History eBook: Women were the public face of Prohibition defiance, particularly the young, single, working girl ...

Sinking of the Lusitania

From Common Sense American History eBook: … the British Royal Navy’s blockade of the German coast and the failure of ...

Who Decides? Who Cares?

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: The Constitution, as originally written, created a complicated system of controls to prevent the ...

Help Yourself by Helping Others

Read from Common Sense Economics eBook: When you think of Steve Jobs, do you think of someone who was selfish? ...

Progressivism and Reform

Read from Common Sense American History eBook The emergence of large, powerful corporations, squalid urban conditions, working conditions and political corruption ...

The Rough Riders

Read from Common Sense American History eBook.: On Feb. 15, 1898, the Maine exploded in Havana harbor, killing 235 sailors ...

The Huddled Masses

From Common Sense American History eBook: The new immigration to America, which rose in importance from the 1880s until it ...

Black Codes

Read from Common Sense American History: American politics in the late 19th century reflected strong religious and ethnic, as well ...

“Go West, Young Man!”

From Common Sense American History: The Trans-Mississippi West plays a prominent role in American myths about the past. Cultural icons ...

A Common Sense Government

Image Source: Indiana University Library Archives From Common Sense Government: As a revolutionary agitator, Thomas Paine was in a class ...

Exposing American Ingenuity

Read from Common Sense American History eBook: Visitors to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition during the summer of 1876 could see ...

The Invisible Hand

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Economic progress comes …

To be efficient or not to be efficient…

Read from Common Sense Government: Publius clearly thought that a system which could divide power as much as possible while …

Mutual Assured Destruction

Watch: CSAH: The Cold War and a Cold War The Cold War and a Cold War from Certell on Vimeo. …

Strange Bedfellows

Watch: CSG: Alliances Alliances from Certell on Vimeo. People group together for a variety of reasons, voluntary, and involuntary. You …

Kingslayer

Watch: CSG: Kingslayer Kingslayer from Certell on Vimeo. Jaime Lannister is known as the Kingslayer because he killed the Mad …

Checks and Balances

Read: One of the great achievements of the past few hundred years has been the establishment of widely agreed standards …

Swearing is not what it used to be.

CSG: The Meaning of Allegiance from Certell on Vimeo. Apart from courtroom scenes in movies, we rarely think of swearing …

Manifesting Daenerys’ Destiny

CSG: Daenerys Manifest Destiny from Certell on Vimeo. In HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 1, Daenerys Targaryen finally …

Game of Thrones is about to start its much-anticipated seventh season!

CSE: Cost Of War from Certell on Vimeo. To make the transition to school a bit more fun, the Certell …

St. Nicholas Lesson

December 6th marks the celebration of St. Nicholas Day worldwide. Saint Nicholas is the basis for the American Christmas character Santa …

Holiday Giving

For many Americans, the months of November and December are filled with holiday preparations. For many, that preparation involves buying …

The Failure of Reconstruction

From Common Sense American History eBook: Reconstruction continued to lurch forward, but an exhausted nation began to focus on other ...

Radical Republicans and Reconstruction

From Common Sense American History eBook: In 1867, the Reconstruction Act was passed over Johnson’s veto establishing five military districts ...

African Americans after the war

From Common Sense American History eBook: With the collapse of the Confederacy in 1865, Union officers and slaveholders throughout the ...

Lee’s Surrender

From Common Sense American History eBook: Clearly defeated, Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, eighty miles west of ...

Gettysburg

Read from Common Sense American History eBook: … Diplomacy abroad had prevented recognition of the Confederacy, but the Federal army …

The Emancipation Proclamation

Read from Common Sense American History eBook: As the fighting [in the Civil War] turned bloody, without either side gaining …

Dred Scott

Read from Common Sense American History for Life eBook: The Supreme Court decided to address the slave question in the …

Remember the Alamo

Read from Common Sense American History for Life eBook: … By the early 1830s, Mexican authorities became alarmed by the …

The Legacy of Slavery after the Revolution

Read from Common Sense American History: The revolutionary generation found slavery contradictory to their beliefs in liberty and equality. In …

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A Methodist Camp Meeting Read from Common Sense American History: Many Americans believed that the future of this exceptional nation …

“A Man of the People”?

Read from Common Sense American History: The election of Andrew Jackson, a military hero, Tennessee slaveholder, Jeffersonian democrat, symbolized for …

The Louisiana Purchase

Read from Common Sense American History: In 1803, Jefferson achieved the greatest success of his administration and one that would …

The Sedition Act

Read from Common Sense American History: In 1798 … Congress passed the Sedition Act. … This loosely drawn act barred …

George Washington Had The Hardest Job

Read from Common Sense American History: George Washington, elected as the first president of the new nation, provided exceptional leadership …

Power Tends To Corrupt…

Read from Common Sense American History: Those who attended the convention were men of power and privilege, yet they distrusted …

The Boston Massacre

Read from Common Sense American History: When British customs officials in 1768 seized the ship Liberty, owned by wealthy Boston …

Discovery

Read from Common Sense American History for Life When Christopher Columbus discovered the New World – the American continent – …

“Early Encounters”

Read from Common Sense American History for Life Less than a quarter century after Columbus’s arrival in the New World, …

Trumpism

From Common Sense American History eBook: In 2016, to almost everyone’s surprise, former Democrat, entrepreneur, and TV star Donald Trump ...

The Audacity of Hope

From: Common Sense American History eBook: In 2004, a little-know senate candidate from Illinois electrified the Democratic party in his ...

William Jefferson Clinton

From: Common Sense American History eBook: Bill Clinton was riding high after his election in 1992. With Vice President Al ...

The Rise of Conservatism

From Common Sense American History eBook: On Jan. 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president on a cold but ...

Four Dead in O-H-I-O

From Common Sense American History eBook: Richard Nixon won election in 1968 by promising he had a secret plan to end ...

When It was Hip to Be Conservative

From Common Sense American History eBook: On Sept. 11, 1960, a group of clean cut, conservative young people met at ...

I Love Lucy!

From Common Sense American History eBook: Americans living in the two decades after World War II witnessed a period of ...

The Marshall Plan

From Common Sense American History eBook: On Mar. 12, 1947, Truman announced his Truman Doctrine, securing $400 million in military ...

Hitler and the Road to War

From Common Sense American History eBook: The outbreak of war in Europe was the culmination of six years of diplomatic ...

The Great Depression

From Common Sense American History eBook: Hoover did not believe in direct relief for the unemployed. He continued to profess ...

Flapper Girls

From Common Sense American History eBook: Women were the public face of Prohibition defiance, particularly the young, single, working girl ...

Sinking of the Lusitania

From Common Sense American History eBook: … the British Royal Navy’s blockade of the German coast and the failure of ...

Progressivism and Reform

Read from Common Sense American History eBook The emergence of large, powerful corporations, squalid urban conditions, working conditions and political corruption ...

The Rough Riders

Read from Common Sense American History eBook.: On Feb. 15, 1898, the Maine exploded in Havana harbor, killing 235 sailors ...

The Huddled Masses

From Common Sense American History eBook: The new immigration to America, which rose in importance from the 1880s until it ...

Black Codes

Read from Common Sense American History: American politics in the late 19th century reflected strong religious and ethnic, as well ...

“Go West, Young Man!”

From Common Sense American History: The Trans-Mississippi West plays a prominent role in American myths about the past. Cultural icons ...

Exposing American Ingenuity

Read from Common Sense American History eBook: Visitors to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition during the summer of 1876 could see ...

Mutual Assured Destruction

Watch: CSAH: The Cold War and a Cold War The Cold War and a Cold War from Certell on Vimeo. …

The Productive Function of Government

From Common Sense Economics eBook: The second primary function of government, the productive function, involves the provision of activities that ...

Secondary Effects

When considering economic policies, it is important to look not only in the intended effects, but also to anticipate the ...

The Job of the Entrepreneur

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: Investment and improvements in technology do not ...

The Goal is Stuff – not just Jobs!

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: As Adam Smith noted some 240 years ...

Demand, Supply, and Adjustments to Dynamic Change

From Common Sense Economics, Supplement A eBook. The law of demand states that there is a negative relationship between the ...

Prices bring the choices of buyers and sellers into balance

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Market prices will …

Transaction Costs Are An Obstacle To Trade

Watch: CSE: Specializations and Trade CSE: Pawn Stars- “Best Of Bartering” from Certell on Vimeo. 1. The internet is doing …

Private Property

From Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity eBook: Well-defined and enforced property rights are crucial ...

Do What You Do Best, and Trade for the Rest

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Many Americans believe that U.S. workers cannot compete ...

Monetary Stability

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Money is vitally important for the operation of ...

Low Tax Rates

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity When high tax rates take a large share ...

Allocating Capital

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Given the pace of change and the diversity ...

The Importance of Competition to a Market Economy

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): What keeps McDonald’s, …

Government Regulation and Competition

From Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: As recently as 1970, fewer than 15 percent ...

Minimum Wage

From: Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity: Minimum wage rates are perhaps the most ...

The Sources of Prosperity – a Fair Legal System

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): The foundation for …

Unseen Effects

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016):Trade restrictions between nations …

How to get a New York Strip

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): In a modern …

The Invisible Hand

From Common Sense Economics eBook: Self-interest is a powerful motivator. As Adam Smith noted long ago, when directed by the ...

Valuable Stuff – not jobs – is what makes us all better off!

Production of goods and services people value, not just jobs, provides the source of high living standards. Read from Common …

Business Failures

Profits direct businesses toward productive activities that increase the value of resources, while losses direct them away from wasteful activities …

Creating Wealth…

People earn income by providing others with things they value. Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about …

1.5 Transaction Costs

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity People who help others arrange trades and make ...

Thank you – No, Thank You!

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity The importance of trade in our modern world ...

If you do something good for me…

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): The foundation of …

There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (TINSTAAFL)

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Politicians, government officials, …

Just One More …

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity Nearly all choices are made at the margin. ...

Decisions are made at the margin

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Watch: CSE: Thinking …

TINSTAAFL

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity The reality of life on our planet is ...

Where’d the Brick Go?

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity In a market economy entrepreneurs are free to ...

Incentives Matter: King-Sized Homer

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Needs to Know about Wealth and Prosperity There’s no way to get around the importance ...

Incentives Matter

Read: from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): All of Economics rest …

Creating an Even Playing Field

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity Governments play a vitally important economic role. ...

Adding Value

From Common Sense Economics eBook: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity In a market economy, people who earn ...

Help Yourself by Helping Others

Read from Common Sense Economics eBook: When you think of Steve Jobs, do you think of someone who was selfish? ...

The Invisible Hand

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): Economic progress comes …

St. Nicholas Lesson

December 6th marks the celebration of St. Nicholas Day worldwide. Saint Nicholas is the basis for the American Christmas character Santa …

Holiday Giving

For many Americans, the months of November and December are filled with holiday preparations. For many, that preparation involves buying …

The End of History

From Common Sense Government eBook: The presidencies of George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993 and Bill Clinton from 1993 ...

Tear Down This Wall

From Common Sense Government eBook: Ronald Reagan, the final president of the Cold War era, ended the period of détente ...

Radio Waves

From Common Sense Government eBook: After the commercialization of the radio, people no longer had to wait for the publication ...

Flying High

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: Cyril Northcote Parkinson opened a Nov. 1955 article in The Economist with a simple …

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink!

From Common Sense Government eBook: Bureaucratic inertia describes the tendency of administrative institutions to complicate their operations at the expense ...

How Are You Free?

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: The power of America’s current bureaucracy is evident in its role in shaping and …

In Whose Interest?

From Common Sense Government eBook: Most people naturally assume that politicians act in the public interest as they construct and ...

Who’s the boss?

Read from Common Sense Government for Life eBook: The central domestic issue during the first decades of the 20th century …

Taking Liberties

Read from Common Sense Government for Life eBook: The civil liberties of American citizens, as guaranteed by the Bill of …

The March on Washington

From Common Sense Government eBook: Civil liberties are protections for citizens against illegitimate encroachments on the part of the government. ...

Nothing to fear… but fear itself.

Read from Common Sense Government: In the aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929 and subsequent economic collapse, the …

Separate is not Equal

From Common Sense Government eBook: This campaign to end segregation, which involved a number of cases, came to a head ...

Marbury v. Madison

From Common Sense Government eBook: This case grew out of one of the great early political struggles in the young ...

Power to Ya

From Common Sense Government eBook: Compared to Article One, the description of the President is vague and general. The President ...

Who’s in Charge?

Read from Common Sense Government: … Abraham Lincoln represents the high water mark of the presidency in the 19th century. …

Who guards the guardians?

Read from Common Sense Government: The powers of Congress are outlined in Article One of the United States Constitution. The …

Separation of Powers

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: Federalism and Separation of Powers Like federalism, the separation of powers principle was designed ...

Federalism

Read from Common Sense Government: Federalism is the division of power between the states and the national government. The United …

Factions and Federalist #10

Common Sense Government eBook: The Constitution Federalist 10 is widely held to be a high water mark in American political ...

The Constitutional Convention

Read from Common Sense Government: Did the Convention overstep its authority right from the first? The Constitution was not a …

The Great Compromise

Common Sense Government eBook: The Constitution … The Constitution enshrined neither the Virginia nor the New Jersey plans. Instead, in ...

Shays’ Rebellion

Common Sense Government eBook: The Articles of Confederation, Shays' Rebellion, and the Call for a Constitutional Convention Watch both: Shays' ...

The Articles of Confederation

Read from Common Sense Government: The Articles of Confederation Watch: CSG: The Articles of Confederation in One Minute CSG: The …

The Declaration of Independence

Read from Common Sense Government: The Declaration is, without question, one of the most important documents to emerge from the …

The Consent of the Governed: Lockean Ideals

Read from Common Sense Government: Watch: CSG: Monty Python and Pre-Revolution Locke Ideals CSG: Monty Python and Pre-Revolution Locke Ideals …

The Seven Years’ War

Common Sense Government: The Seven Years' War Things did not really heat up between the British and the colonists until 1763, ...

The War on Terror

From Common Sense Government eBook: The Idea that the world was rapidly moving to a period of peace and liberal ...

The End of History

From Common Sense Government eBook: With the collapse of the Soviet Union, international politics transitioned from a bipolar structure with ...

Who Declares War?

From Common Sense Government eBook: Foreign Policy and the Constitution The federal government’s role in foreign affairs was a hot ...

Hands off or a Helping Hand?

From Common Sense Government eBook: America’s role in the world for the past two-and-a-half centuries has been determined by the ...

We are the Fourth Estate

From Common Sense Government eBook: The Internet and Democratization of the Media When Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “Global Village” ...

Who Decides? Who Cares?

Read from Common Sense Government eBook: The Constitution, as originally written, created a complicated system of controls to prevent the ...

A Common Sense Government

Image Source: Indiana University Library Archives From Common Sense Government: As a revolutionary agitator, Thomas Paine was in a class ...

To be efficient or not to be efficient…

Read from Common Sense Government: Publius clearly thought that a system which could divide power as much as possible while …

Strange Bedfellows

Watch: CSG: Alliances Alliances from Certell on Vimeo. People group together for a variety of reasons, voluntary, and involuntary. You …

Kingslayer

Watch: CSG: Kingslayer Kingslayer from Certell on Vimeo. Jaime Lannister is known as the Kingslayer because he killed the Mad …

Checks and Balances

Read: One of the great achievements of the past few hundred years has been the establishment of widely agreed standards …

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