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College Project Ideas?

Hey everybody, first time poster!

So first a little background, I guess. I've been reading the DailyPaul for about half a year, not really bothering to become a member. I first learned about Dr. Paul in April of this year, and fell in love with him/the whole liberty movement at first sight. I'm a senior in high school, so I'm not yet able to vote, but if I could, he's the only candidate I would feel comfortable voting for.

Currently I am dual-enrolled in a local community college, where I have a project coming up in English involving politics. I have to write an argument paper about a political topic of my choosing. What better place is there to figure this out than here?

I'm not yet sure about restrictions, or what the format has to be, but I want to be ready with a good topic. I really don't want to write on a petty "hot-button" issue. What's a good topic that's not well known in the public eye? Something where the liberty message can shine? Any, and all ideas are welcome.

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Another fun project ...

... either now or in the future would be a paper on the missing 13th Amendment.

I guarantee nobody in your college will know anything about this, it is not a current topic so no feelings will be hurt or territories need to be protected, and yet it shows the corruption that is the political system and that people today only THINK they know history; they only know a very sanitized version.

You can do a searh for "missing 13th amendment" and get lots of websites. A good place to start is here: http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/13th-amend.shtml

Why is the Law of Nations in the Constitution?

After the South Sea bubble burst in 1720 The Cato Papers were released describing the graft and corruption that created the bubble. These papers were the hot topic in the colonies.

In France in 1758, Emer de Vattel drafted the idea and general Principles of the Law of Nations. Drawn in part from Emperor Justinian's Corpus Juris Civilis ,560 CE, which is still the basis of civil law in many modern states.

I would argue that each individual is a sovereign nation.


In 1776 the Declaration made reference to "to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them"

In 1781 the Articles of Confederation created a federation of States.
"Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled."

The Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

Article 1 Section 8.10
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the The Law of Nations.

We the people establish a Constitution. If officials failing their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution in a timely fashion, then are they not committing offence against the Law of Nations.

18 USC § 2381 - Treason
'Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States' is passing and enforcing unconstitutional Laws giving comfort to the enemies of the United States by pretending to overthrow the Constitution.

When Congress passed the Patriot Act the purpose was to overthrow the First Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

When Congress passed Indefinite Detention they overthrows the Sixth and Eight Amendment and just ignores the Fourth Amendments.

18 USC § 2382 - Misprision of treason
"Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason."

What is an autonomous individual to do? But those individuals who owe allegiance to the Constitution by pledge are duty bound as well as legally constrained by US Code.

Is an autonomous individual a sovereign nation of equal nations?
Present arguments and precedence.

Does making a oath to uphold and defend the Constitution diminish an individual's autonomy? (Is is a conscientious self rule sacrificed to any commands that are repugnant to the Constitution or offences to the Law of Nations?)

That's what I have been investigating. Maybe you might find an interesting nugget. I daresay there is enough for a team project.

Best Wishes!

Free includes debt-free!

Hmm ... interesting!

First, welcome to the liberty movement! You are wise beyond your years. ;-)

Second, I will say that I graduated from college many moons ago, and I sometimes wonder what I would do if I were in college today. In my case, I was a good student in high school without trying. And I didn't try much. When I got to college, I continued the not trying thing and it didn't work out so hot. It wasn't until my senior year in college that I finally figured out how to get straight A's.

For this paper, and all future school work, just think in terms of you selling yourself to the professor. You should do your work, earn good grades, but always keep in mind what the professor thinks and what he wants to hear repeated back in papers and tests. If you get anything less than an A, be a thorn in his side with after-class questions and generally wasting his time so that he is more likely to give you better grades in the future.

Your work in high school and community college is to set you up for the big time -- getting into a 4-year university for your degree. Your papers and exams are NOT the place to voice your political views. I have a few businesses. I do NOT voice my political views to my customers. It is inappropriate and they don't care (and many might not agree, which might hurt future business). Treat your college degree the same. You are selling yourself to get good grades so you can get into the university of your choice so you can set yourself up for the future.

The place to voice your political views is in extra-curricular activities -- such as forming a Young Libertarians club or such.

Also, develop hobbies that are not college-related and are not political, but ARE considered "cool" or "good" by college enroll boards. This is how you get into top schools these days. Sad, but true.

As to your paper, you need to know the parameters of the paper, but also know who your audience is. No, it is not your classmates. It is whomever is GRADING you. This does not mean you have to parrot back statist views to a statist professor (most professors are statists, hard-core). But you should take his views into consideration and address them within you paper, even if you are "playing a devil's advocate" position within your paper.

Having said all that ...

Some possible topics:

- Book review of "Creature from Jekyll Island:" Is it possible the Federal Reserve is not actually a government agency?

- What is the common denominator of the increase in both health care costs and education costs? (Answer: more and more government control in these areas over the last several decades; more goverment intervention and control ALWAYS drives up costs.)

- Compare and contrast the 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto with the current laws in the United States. (Hint: There will be a lot of comparing and not much contrasting.)

- Grover Cleveland vs. Barrack Obama: How Democratic Party policies have changed over the past century. (Hint: Democrats of 100 years ago would be Republicans today, and vice-versa.)

- Should Rush Limbaugh endorse Mitt Romney, or is That a Conflict of Interest? (Show that Rush Limbaugh's radio show is syndicated by Premier Networks, which is owned by Clearchannel, which is owned and controlled by Bain Capital, which Mitt Romney still controls through Bain, Inc. Then, ask if it is a conflict of interest for a radio host who claims to be independant to be endorsing his boss for president.)

- Compare and contrast Barrack Obama vs. Mitt Romney vs. Gary Johnson regarding 5 or so major campaign issues.

- Is health care a right? (Define what is a right - look at positive vs. negative rights; if something is a right, then others are supposed to respect it, and does this mean that doctors must work for free?)

If you don't have to take a position, then don't. You can just show two (or more) sides of an argument.

If you do have to take a position, and you want to take a pro-liberty position, then do it as "the devil's advocate." You start out by saying that "everyone knows that ... blah blah blah" (the professor's viewpoint). "But, there are those who say ... yadda yadda yadda ... and they make a good point" (your view).

Always keep in mind, papers and exams are for getting GRADES, not debating the professor.

Good luck and let us know what you did and how it turned out!

How about

Economic policies. Keynesian vs Austrian. "Central Banking Cartels and American Politics".

Banking cartels have political clout in our political infrastructure and Government in general. Hans Herman Hoppe (one of my favorites) explains this well. However, no one can clap it out in laymens terms like Ron Paul can.

here's and old link of Ron Paul


Here is a link of Hans Hoppe


here is a link to Hoppes page.


The Electoral College.

The Constitution provides for a system of electors to elect the President and Vice President of the United States. These electors are chosen to represent each state in the Electoral College. Educating students about this process is essential in developing their understanding of the political process.


Most people believe that their vote is what ultimately 'elects' the next President. Few have the awareness that party politics offers a caucus and primary system of voting for delegates. This system operates at county, district, state, and national levels. Even fewer people know that it is in fact 'Electors' who elect the next President of the United States of America.

This topic is informative and certainly not a 'hot button' issue.

Good luck!



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I assume you are interested in going to college

Maybe you have an idea of what major you intend?

I would suggest that you do a paper on what you are interested in so that your research helps you at the college level in making wise decisions.

Let's say you are interested in Music.. you might want to write on laws that prevent you from publishing or being heard, copywrite laws.

Let's say you are interested in the sciences, what ever college from enginereering to medicine, you might want to do a paper about what obsticles you will face aor challenges by the time you would graduate.

I would think you would want to write a paper on what you are interested in to educate yourself first. If your interest is in political science, you might want to write about up and coming election laws in your county, state or nationally, or maybe you could write a paper on on the parties are set up and running, from committee seats in counties and states, the differnt laws in the states and how they add up at at national convention, or how to become an aide to a congressman or senator...

The Liberty Movement researches to fine the core causes

of issues.

Pick an issue and then find its core causes.

How about the Middle East disaster. Core cause? British intervention.

If I could go back...

I didn't learn anything about anything until my first few months after the college ended and the real world began. I remember struggling to write papers in college.

Now, I blog on my own and type up pages of information based on the world around us. I would love to go back and write papers and presentations about what's going on to my classmates.

I would talk about NDAA, The Fed's policies, and even blowback foreign policy.

NDAA 2012

Indefinite detention is a good place to start.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

do something on property rights and taxes

for example, if you add a deck to your house and add to it's value, how does that place an additional burden on public services? which is the usual excuse for raising property taxes.

how do you actually OWN that property if everyone from the federal govt all the way down to the village board can influence or dictate how you use or develop your property?