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Faculty Mini Lecture: John Davenport on Public Goods


In this mini-lecture, John Davenport, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, discusses Americans’ general misunderstanding of “public goods,” such as highways and schools. He notes the limitations of private ventures in providing such infrastructure and the necessity of educating young people about the need for these government services. Electing officials who want to shrink government, and by extension its services, while increasing the debt, only leads to “a lot of waste,” he says. He adds that the tax cuts passed last year by Congress will only make matters worse, with annual deficits that could top $800 billion and a debt more than $21 trillion.


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