Point A) An interesting report by John Stossel on how government at all levels are criminalizing and regulating more and more. This points out how we by our vote are giving the government far too much power and how they are using their power to chip away at even the most basic of our rights. For so many things to be illegal and a crime to be committed, it becomes impossible for people to live without breaking the laws. This government is out of control, especially the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local prosecutors trying to make a name for themselves. What happened to our freedom?
If only a minority of the population has a problem with overconsumption the trying to ‘teach’ the whole country the dangers of it is very unnecessary and a waste of a day. Establishing an annual Buy Nothing Day is like agreeing to stop breathing. Unnecessary and unproductive. Stop. Imagine living under the authority of a government that’s unnervingly similar to communism.
Lauren Slater states ''The fact is,'' Emler says, ''we've put antisocial men through every self-esteem test we have, and there's no evidence for the old psychodynamic concept that they secretly feel bad about themselves. These men are racist or violent because they don't feel bad enough about themselves. ''(Slater 860) Lauren Slater also met with Roy Baumeister of Case Western Reserve University. Essentially, Roy believes that the unexpected notion that self-esteem is overrated and to suggest that it may even is a culprit, not a cure. In Lauren Slater’s “Trouble with Self-Esteem” Baumeister and his colleagues write: ''People who believe themselves to be among the top 10 percent on any dimension may be insulted and threatened whenever anyone asserts that they are in the 80th or 50th or 25th percentile.
The gradually declining dialect limits the ideas that individuals have the potential of formulating and expressing, promoting a narrowing of thoughts and awareness to their system of control. It is therefore ideal for a totalitarian system. By the ‘destruction of words’, ‘thought-crime’ is made almost entirely impossible by curtailing frivolous and rioting words. Such narrowed public thought is the inner- party’s aim, as a populace that lacks the ability to think vividly, eliminates the threat of an uprising against the government. This system of communication is therefore used as a mind-control tool.
While assuming JIB to be true, Shelton wages war on the government and by extension those who support it. He views this as a last resort, since he watched all the other non-violent options fail him. Thus this war can be justified. Shelton is justified in his actions because he is redressing a wrong suffered, and his intentions are to rid the corruptness from the judicial system. The people that Shelton killed are considered combatants because they support they governmental system and work with it.
A way for indifference to end is for people to speak out about the bad things in the world. His whole acceptance speech was speaking out against many horrible topics such as the Holocaust, Israel, Apartheid, Chile, and Ethiopia. At the time there were terrible events happening and were continuing because of indifference. His speech changed the minds of and inspired many people in the world. Wiesel said, “One person — a Raoul Wallenberg, an Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King, Jr. — one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death.” These civil rights activists went against so many people to end the injustices happening in their societies.
Action is a principle the oppressors’ hold dear to their heart. These oppressors, in using action, become a majority and if that majority is not met with action from the minority, tyranny will be displayed in the streets, for Gods and man alike to witness. Surely you can relate to this, cramped in a jail cell like a mind stripped of all learned knowledge. What good are great minds like yours and mine if we cannot express our thoughts without fear from the laws of man? I humbly bow to your attempt to challenge man to think beyond their own beliefs by simply questioning just what their beliefs are.
Society In Inherit the Wind, Cates challenges the law and, with it, the norms of Hillsboro society. Facing disfavor from the townspeople, he nonetheless decides to persevere in his cause. Describing his feelings of isolation, Cates explains to Drummond, “People look at me as if I was a murderer. Worse than a murderer!” Drummond, who has learned from his years as a criminal-defense attorney, along with his own struggles as an agnostic and an advocate for unpopular causes, empathizes with Cates. As Drummond says, “It’s the loneliest feeling in the world—to find yourself standing up when everybody else is sitting down.” Both Cates and Drummond experience a struggle against mainstream society.
An Investigation into Howard Roark as the Proud Man Aristotle speaks in his magnum opus Nicamachean Ethics book IV chapter 3 about a rue, proud man. This man represents the pure, ideal way to live. He adheres to higher principles above the constraints of society. He works for himself because of himself. He lives independently, outside of societies norms.
These factors result in the death of Winston’s spirit. Big Brother violates Winston’s basic human rights by Monitoring him through tele screens, forbidding his relationship with Julia. Telescreens are used a central tool that allows the party of Big Brother to maintain control over society in Oceania. The party uses this tool to differentiate between the supporters of Big Brother. Telecreens allow the party to keep surveillance of the people and this is the reasoning as to why the people of Oceania cant escape, because Big Brother always has a watchful eye on the citizens.