Poverty may mean that crime is the only way that the working class can survive, as crime may e the only way that they can obtain the consumer goods encouraged by the capitalist advertising, resulting in utilitarian crimes such as theft. However, it isn’t always utilitarian crime that the working class commit as sometimes the alienation and lack of control over their lives may lead to frustration and aggression which results in non-utilitarian crimes such as vandalism and violence. Marxist’s sometimes argue the state and law-making are a cause of crime because they believe that all laws serve the ruling class, most law is based on protecting private property. The crimes of the working class and ethnic minorities are punished harshly while crimes of the powerful go unnoticed. The ruling class also have the power to prevent the introduction of laws that would threaten their interests.
The idea of Gatsby’s world being corrupt but ultimately glamorous is a true assessment on the two worlds that Gatsby has created for himself. His corruption is seen through him being an ‘associate’ of Meyer Wolfsheim, and his dealings with illegal bootlegging. However Gatsby is seen to do a rather good job of covering up his illegal action through his glamour lifestyle, he is seen to hold large parties and flaunt his wealth. Gatsby does this to create an illusion of social standing. He can also be said to hold his extravagant parties, which people even if not invited just attend, to keep the social elite happy whilst he takes part in his dodgy activities.
For example, former governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell was charged with illegally accepting gifts, vacations, and loans from a wealthy businessman who wanted special treatment from State government. Though they were caught, this kind of corruption happens more frequently and even in legal circumstances can be proof that economic status can lead to social inequality. The average person can contribute a vote to a politician, but on an individual level since they aren’t in a position to influence policies, the opinion of the common man remain
The above named moral and economic implications of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement can be analyzed with these theories. The moral implications show that the rich and powerful in the society base their actions on the Kantian theory. This is because they oppress, harm, and degrade the other citizens. They get their way to the top by extorting the common citizen. This is clear as the protestors
America is not a set idea or definition, but is a combination of many diverse people and their cultures. The basis of this country is identified through its diversity and the freedom in which every person posses. People come to this country to develop a better life for themselves and in hopes of one day achieving the “American Dream.” America is not only a country, but also an idea that is one of the most prevalent in out world. America as a country consists of many parts that all fit together as one. One of the first parts that actually make a country a country are the people that make it up.
However evidence shows that criminals are most likely to come from the working class, the young and the black community. Marxists also talk about law creation; they say law is a reflection of the will of the powerful. They believe that the rich are able to manipulate the rest of us and pass laws which benefit them they do this in two ways. The first way being through setting the agenda, this means that the debate on law and order is conducted in a frame work of values sympathetic to the ruling class. The second way is through pressure group activity, law changes are often a result from pressure group lobbying by the government.
The failure in him gaining this wealth is that it is through criminal activity. We are given hints to this throughout the novel “Who are you, anyhow?” broke out Tom. “You’re one of that bunch that hangs around with Meyer Wolfshiem—that much I happen to know. I’ve made a little investigation into your affairs—and I’ll carry it further tomorrow.” This is where Tom accuses him of his criminal behaviour. This shows how obvious it is that Gatsby has criminal connections and affairs.
The variability in prices in the market was due to the business practices of speculators, who used their abundant resources to manipulate prices to their advantages. This led to more extreme booms and busts and overall hardships for the average American. This was perceived as an oppressive system and led to the growth of new economic theories promoted by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels who called the dissolution of custom, tradition and morality “in the icy waters of egotistical calculation” the reason for humanities
First, what is the American Dream? If we truly don’t understand what it is, then we don’t really know whether it is alive or dead. (Dictionary.com) defines the American Dream as the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American. What does that really mean? I think that definition means having freedom whether it is freedom of speech or freedom to do anything you would like and also having the opportunity to go places and have careers that you have dreamed about your whole life.
It's just that they've pushed age-old breadwinners—prostitution, gambling, and money laundering—to new levels (or depths) in order to compete in an increasingly globalized economy.”(Bonner, Stayton.) The State and the mafia are, and always have been, separate institutions, but the former is regularly infiltrated by the latter for criminal purposes. The Mafia can be seen as chameleon, changing color to disguise its presence during its journey through the