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Ok, so you have the magical power to change exactly one thing about the American government as it is right now. Everything else stays the same, unless your change directly affects something else and forces it to change. What do you change?

P.S. no sweeping generalizations like "Make America an Objectivist state" or "make all politicians rational"

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change exactly one thing about the American government

Ok, I'll bite, just for fun...

I would add a clause to the constitution that makes it clear that the government may not own. help, aid, regulate or hinder any business or commercial activity except to the extent required for the national defence and physical security, with all other forms of common good being specifically excluded.

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I would like annual third-party testing in the public schools. Students' thinking skills would be tested against objective criteria, and the teachers' salaries would be tied to the students' success.

Emphasis on thinking skills, not memorization of facts.

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I wish the government were hereby limited to the police, courts, and the military. No more regulation of business, no more welfare state, no more social security, no more foreign aid, etc.

The rest would fall into place nicely, I think.

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I would like annual third-party testing in the public schools. Students' thinking skills would be tested against objective criteria, and the teachers' salaries would be tied to the students' success.

Emphasis on thinking skills, not memorization of facts.

I would like public schools to be closed immediately. Let the market determine what form these tests take.

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Any and all violations of individual rights performed by the government -- which basically means the realization of its proper role as the protector of rights.

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Hmm, if given that ability, I would say i would disappear all of their abilities to tax.

Not just the 16th but all of there little ways of stealing my money, gone.

No tariffs, not fees, no sales tax, no income tax, etc.

That would be a huge step in the right direction. :confused:

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I'd add this clause to the constitution

"congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade"

:D

Bingo. You took the words out of my mouth.

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I'd add this clause to the constitution

"congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade"

:D

What about a whole new document: The Declaration of Economic Independence? :D

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I think the more interesting question to ask is what one change would have the greatest benefit. In that case, the answer is simple – it would be that American intellectuals had never heard of Kant, and instead held reason and egoism to be as “obvious” as the Founders did.

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