Most Americans do not become killers to make it up the ladder or to hold on to what hey have, but the traditional restraints on naked self-aggrandizement seem weaker-and the insatiability greater” (Derber, p. 14). In my head while reading this, I was like “Oh!!! Now it really does make sense! And it’s true.” I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that? Take the easier route to get more money.
Critics say that pressure groups benefit the well organised but they disadvantage the weakly organised, subsequently working against the public interest. This is because the pressure groups run on donations for their funding. As a result, a pressure group with as little as two or three wealthy advocates may end up becoming influential and having its cause heard by the government. However, its members may not represent as much of the population as is suggested by the pressure group’s standing, thus creating inequality. This is amplified by the fact that the larger pressure groups can leave many smaller ones in their shadow.
I feel that the American middle class could be striving more to better there life’s then what they are. Some people that have the opportunities and a ton of resources such as scholarships, student loans, or welfare programs aren’t using the efficiently. The idea of getting welfare is great but most likely when a middle class citizen gets on it they never get off it. I believe that some of the welfare programs could do drug testing in order to really see who is using the money to actually better themselves and not just go buy drugs, live off the system,
Assess the argument that state policy has largely failed to protect the institution of the family I think that state policy although appears to benefit people with families and their families; it is not always the case. An example of how state policy does not protect the institution is the Divorce Law Act. This act allows for a quicker, cheaper way of getting a divorce and allows divorce to be obtained much easier. This does not protect the institution of family because before this act came into place most people would try to work out the problems within their marriage because divorce was a long and expensive process. However, with the new act and its simplicity people are no longer trying to fix their marriages and are just getting divorced which leads to the breakdowns of many family units.
Unfortunately, our wealth has been at the disadvantage of other countries. What are your impressions or your thoughts after reading this text? After reading this text my thoughts are clearer in terms of understanding how the top one percent has attained its wealth. It also makes me ask why and how has this happened for so long. It is inhumane to intentionally financially cripple a country to attain excess
Although the Socratic seminar and the novel left many questions unanswered for me, it made me understand more why things are they way they are in the healthcare and scientific research industries. It made me look more closely at the specific details health care professional do in their line of work. In society, money is the key to getting things to happen. It is inferred by the book that informed consent and bioethics are not as important as the appropriation of funds for research. I can tell that this idea is a huge controversy among different individuals.
Carnegie believed it was better to benefit mankind then just individual’s needs. Better to provide futures and successes through libraries then give away money for those to make no important use of it. Money cannot buy happiness but it can give people opportunities. “It is here; we cannot evade it; no substitutes for it have been found; and while the law may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every
It has been said in many different ways over the time, but for some odd reason, mankind cannot take hold of those words of truth. Many people are overtaken by the combination of fascination with wealth and the fear of weakness in life, which, unavoidably, leads to a realization that true happiness in life consists of more than what money could buy. These realizations are sometimes painful, as seen in the story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant. Mathilde Loisel had always dreamt of a life in the high society. As it was, she never seemed to be able to reach it.
Sociologists do strive to achieve “comparable results”. However, this is an unfair statement. People often believe that we are in the land of opportunity [which is true], but that is only for some, making situations uncomparale. When “white households will accumulate wealth faster” (Shapiro, 179) the American Dream is not real. Everyone can’t achieve their dreams on hope and effort.
When I read the Great Gatsby it was about striving for equality, but more of a drive to become as rich as possible. Although not always by the best of means, the idea that Americans were portrayed to care about nothing more than to reach the top is what kept the economy and the nation for that matter going. Most of the characters in the novel are full of nothing more than hope. Hope for money, hope for love, hope for a life better than what they had in the past. As Linn wrote, life is more complex than we think.