Frank Underwood’s Top 3 Lessons for the Voting Public | House of Cards Review | Learn Liberty

Some say House of Cards presents a cynical picture of politics, but Prof. Steve Horwitz suggests the political picture in Netflix’s original series may be more realistic than we might hope. The show follows Frank Underwood’s quest for ultimate power, and the highly anticipated second season was released Feb. 14. What, if anything can we learn from House of Cards? Prof. Horwitz finds three lessons: 1. As a general principle, we should be very skeptical of politicians; 2. House of Cards shows the constant backroom trading of favors among politicians, their staffers, special interests, and the occasional member of the public; and 3. Politics attracts those who are especially skilled at public relations, favor trading, and power plays, not necessarily those who best serve the public interest. What can we do to protect our country and change government so it better serves the public interest? Prof. Horwitz argues that we need to change incentives and prevent politicians from making backroom deals and trading favors. A limited government is necessary to prevent the self-interest of politicians from leading to disastrous results for the American people. How realistic do you think the political portrait in House of Cards is? What, if anything, do you think should be done to change the political system in the United States today?


New poll shows Americans often in agreement with libertarian positions

A new poll out yesterday, April 3, 2014, with only 4% identifying themselves as ‘libertarian’, revealed 63% of Americans agree with the libertarian position that elected politicians should not work to enact policies and spend taxpayer money to benefit the special interest groups that helped them get elected as a quid pro quo. The poll is germane to our story from Wednesday about the U.S. Supreme Court ending the cap Americans may donate to political campaigns in total.

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Jeb Bush works to change GOP by talking like a Libertarian

Yesterday, April 6, 2014, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was in College Station, Texas speaking about various issues affecting Republican candidates and how they are at odds with today’s America. Most notably his stance on immigration which sounds as if he lifted his remarks directly from the Libertarian Party’s immigration page.

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