As an American citizen, someone who lives in the United States of America is very lucky to have all of the rights and freedom that they do. People are free to make choices regarding where to send their child to school, where to eat, what to wear, where to live, and other endless possibilities. Our government allows us to vote for who we want to lead our country in the presidential office and vote for various laws and regulations that they propose. The ability to vote for our leaders and laws is an extraordinary privilege that we have as Americans that many other countries still do not have. Although the government is in place to keep us safe and give us a country worth living in, sometimes it goes too far in extending its control. The United States government declares certain acts as “victimless crimes”, actions that have been ruled illegal but do not directly violate or threaten the rights of any other individual. That means that people are being arrested for doing things that do not have any affect on anybody except for themselves, which is preposterous. In turn, this costs society far too much money and overpopulates the prison system with offenders who do not even need to be institutionalized while not focusing on actual dangerous criminals. The victimless criminals are prosecuted and many times turned into career criminals after being labeled as a criminal by the justice system. Victimless crimes have negative implications and are just a made up product of the government and Karl Marx, Rosseau, Adam Smith, Tocqueville and Nietzsche would agree and validate this while Hobbes’ incorrect views on the state of human nature would do so even further. As Americans, our understanding of society comes from our class position. Karl Marx was the first person to say that your beliefs about social life are related to the economy. There are many levels of social class in America today. Ranging from working, to middle, to upper-middle, to upper class, would mean an endless number of ways to understand society. In this sense it is pretty clear that all of the laws that are written by the government will not apply to every social class. Some of the classes have a different understanding about what is morally right from the upper class (the class deciding all the laws). For instance, a working or lower class single mother may not be able to afford everything she needs for her family because her job pays her less than minimum wage so she resorts to prostitution to make some extra cash. As a prostitute, she is not harming anybody or anything, and if she believes that is morally okay, then nobody should arrest her and turn her into a criminal. Marx says that your beliefs about right and wrong come from where you are in society. If our government were to follow Marx’s idea, then there would be no such thing as victimless crimes. Most of the things that are deemed victimless crimes are a lower class phenomenon. When lower class people get in trouble for doing the things that the upper class sees as immoral, they are just being exploited. Humans have an unlimited degree of potential, at least according to Karl Marx. We have so much potential because we are conscious beings, therefore able to make plans. Marx believed that society should be based off of human potential and that capitalism denied people the chance to reach their potential because everyone was far too caught up in money. He believed that people were unable to reach their potential earlier in history because it was much harder to survive and that once we were able to develop technology we would move away from capitalism and follow communism, thus allowing people to reach their potential. This did not happen, however, it demonstrates good evidence about Marx’s view of people in general. He did not think that people were bad and needed a government to tell them they can or cannot do things. Marx saw great potential in humans and it was evident that people did not have any trouble…
In a democracy the quintessential citizen performs responsibilities and receives rights not offered in other forms of government. Rights given to citizens can be exercised in steps. When participating in a democracy, you have to the right to voice opinions and become a catalyst for any necessary change in the country. Citizenry is in fact the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.
The first step to exercising citizenship in a democracy is becoming educated…
Japanese Americans are in many respects “model citizens”, who exemplify middle-class virtues such as a strong achievement of motivation, long-range goals, the importance of keeping up appearances and the respect for law and order (Connor, 1976). They arrive to America penniless with barely more than the clothes on their backs and with eagerness, notable work ethic and dedication to education-they are soon achieving the American dream (Wu, 2013). This great perception toward Asian Americans in general…
There are millions of non-Americans who dream about becoming an American citizen with good intent to better their lives and their families’ lives. Then, there are non-Americans who gain citizenship for selfish, immoral, and unlawful reasons. Unfortunately, we have no way to filter out these two groups of intentions people have when immigrating to the United States. What would constitute an immoral immigrant?
Insurance fraud is on the rise in the United States due to loss of jobs and the economy…
During the 1930’s Americans experienced the Great Depression as well as the New Deal. During this time the relationship between the government and citizens changed drastically. The government took a grater roll in the everyday lives of citizens both socially and politically. The New Deal created by the Roosevelt Administration made an attempt to stimulate the economy during this very thorny time. In the following essay we will discuss the factors that caused the great depression and the…
charged with violating Tennessee state law for teaching evolution in a public school; attorneys were William Cullen Bryan for the State of Tennessee and Clarence Darrow for Mr. Scopes
d. Harlem Renaissance- a period in the 1920s when African-American achievements in art and music and literature flourished
e. Prohibition-of alcohol, is the legal act of prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol and alcoholic beverages
f. Credit-A contractual agreement in which…
April 16, 2014
The Judicial Branch is a branch of the government that is separate and independent, but also has checks and balances to make sure other branches as well as their own are staying in line. Within this branch there is the Supreme Court consisting of nine members, one Chief Justice and eight associate justices, whose power is judgment. All judges are appointed for life and have original and appellate jurisdiction, but majority of the…
the _____________and debate and shape news___________.
What is it? Make some notes from the slides and your own ideas.
TASK: Read the article on 9/11 and produce a mind map which outlines:
The Nature of reporting this event
The Role of audience in reporting
The Role of New Technology in reporting
Any Criticisms of coverage
New Media and Citizen Journalism
Which new / digital media have enabled citizen journalism to take place and how/why?
Citizens Journalism vs. Media Conglomerates
October 30th, 2013
Journalism is what keeps the records of the daily events to the hour, minute, and second in our society. Not only does it keep us up to date on current events, but it is the pulse on society’s beating heart. In the beginnings of mass communications, people were accustomed to hearing the latest news break from their favorite news anchors on one of their favorite television…
16 February 2012
What is a Global Citizen?
The concept of what defines a global citizen varies, for people have their own opinions and say about how they see an ideal one as. Kwame Appiah wrote Cosmopoltianism, and in his opinion, a global citizen is seen as one who sees no division within themselves and “others”; that it is necessary to agree with one another to behave morally. The view of an ideal global citizen has been altered for centuries, and in every culture it is…
Interview a senior citizen
March 25, 2013
A face to face interview was held with Mr. C. Mr. C. is an 82 year old African American male. Physically looking at interviewee he does not look that age at all he looks like he is in his early sixties.
Part I: Questions & Answers
Q-How old are you?
A-I am 82 years old.
Q-When will you be 83?
A-I will be 83 in mid-July
Q-Are you married?
A-I am a widow and have been for almost 53 years.