Fun With Students

Yesterday in my political economy class I was playing around with different examples to get students to think about the difficulties inherent in deciding when government should intervene in the economy or not. At one point I asked them to assume a very simple model–all transactions were either purely voluntary or they were purely involuntary (e.g., theft accompanied by a knock on the head). Everyone easily agreed that in the case of the purely involuntary exchanges government intervention was justified. When I asked whether government intervention was ever justified in the case of purely voluntary exchanges, there was a long pause, then one student–a fervent Republican–said, “No, never.” So I turned to him and said, “So the sale of heroin should be legal?” To which he unhesitatingly responded, “No!”

It was a perfect teaching moment. It was also fun to make him squirm a bit.

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3 Responses to Fun With Students

  1. Michael Heath says:

    We currently have medical marijuana dispensaries shutting down in this area based on the recent appellate court decision. I don’t see Republicans getting their panties in a bunch about that real event while continuing to imagine all sorts of non-existent commie plots coming out of the Democratic party.

  2. Michael Heath says:

    “this area” in the above post being Northern Michigan.

  3. James Hanley says:

    non-existent commie plots coming out of the Democratic party.

    Non-existent? Michael, you know all their proposals are just the nose of the camel, don’t you? They’re just laying the groundwork for their atheistic totalitarian Fascio-Marxist utopia.

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