Its main principle is the consent of the subjects to be ruled by the rulers. The Social contract theory set foundation concepts that became the underpinnings of democratic government. The social contract philosophy influenced the implementation of democratic government in many countries and had particular influence on the framers of the U.S. Constitution. However I believe that there are a few laws which are undermining the original notions of the social contract. There are many complex issues but in this paper I will argue that the practices of our government frequently undermine the original notions of the social contract theory.
So far as individual are concerned, the art of democracy is the art of thinking and discussing independently together. This means people in a group speak there mind and say what their take on the situation is and what they should do to improve it. For example (The senates vote on bill to pass them all have there own options on the subject and they vote the way they want to). This is why I agree with the statement that young people and adults should learn to think for them selves but also recognize the right of other men to come to the opposite conclusion. So far as individual are concerned, the art of democracy is the art of thinking and discussing independently together.
The fact was Vargas was as an "undocumented immigrant" living in the United States but his optimistic attitude led him to see his difficult situation as an opportunity. His motivation led him to not give up on himself and work hard to eventually obtain what he wanted. As soon as Vargas was 16 years old he went to his local D.M.V office to obtain his driver’s license. The fact was Vargas was unable to obtain his license due to his illegal status; this was new information to Vargas as he was not aware. He obviously did not back away and became a negative person instead he saw his negative situation as an open door of opportunity for him.
Suddenly, over 12,000 troops were patrolling the streets of Québec. They arrested 497 suspected nationalists; however, only 62 were convicted. The next day, October 16, Trudeau brought the WMA into effect. This act allowed the government and law enforcement to make arrests and conduct searches without warrants. This decision proved controversial as many said it turned the province into a police state.
Thoreau was then arrested for not paying his taxes. While staying overnight at the jail, his relatives paid the fine for him, allowing for him to be released (McElroy par. 4). His experience in jail spurned Thoreau into developing his beliefs on civil disobedience. Thoreau’s feelings about being arrested were so strong that he decided to write Civil Disobedience in response.
These ideologies, which are developed to appear as nothing more than common sense, are taught to us through various institutions like the media. These ideas go hand in hand with the “needs” of those who contribute to the “media process” (Coulter, Feb.10). However, in order for these dominant ideologies and hegemonies to be successful, it must be “won, reproduced and sustained” so that the control of the bourgeoisie class resembles authenticity and naturalistic forms (Hebdige, 205). As a community, we are brainwashed with the dominant class ideals, but there are some who oppose and rebel against the norms of our culture. Mohawks and safety pins in the punk subculture represent this form of subversion and are viewed as a threat to the rest of society because they are believed to be a “symbolic violation of the social order” (Hebdige, 206).
Democratic governments allow their community the right to choose who they are governed by. So we are used to the freedom which is given by this regime. If this freedom is taken from us, we will surely protest to get our rights back. At that point we identify with V. V’s community is depressed by Norsefire and he wants to free his people from this brutality. In the beginings of the film, Evey represents the oppressed English society.
Criticizing people for being too passive in their convictions is not an uncommon complaint in this day and age, especially of young people. In fact, common disparagements of youth mirror Postman’s description of Brave New World almost perfectly. Postman writes of Huxley’s vision, “People will come to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think,” just as adults often say their children would rather text than have a real conversation, or go on Facebook than read a book. The complaint is not without validity, but it seems unfair to lay all the blame on Generation Y. The parents and grandparents of those disinterested teenagers and yuppies come from a generation that burned its draft cards and protested racism,
To begin to acknoweldge why young people may be apathetic towards the modern political process, it is crucial to understand how the youth view politics and how these views have been acquired. For some it would seem that there is a definite lack of education in what politics is, rather than a complete lack of interest. The National Curriculum consists of 4 key stages and it is not until Citizenship lessons at key stage 3 (11 - 14 years old) that British children are taught "knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens" (National Curriculum Online: nc.uk.net) which includes topics on politics. Because of the legal obligations to schools to abide by the National Curriculum many find it difficult or impossible to offer content outside of its scope - the result being that only National Curriculum material is covered. In terms of political education, this means that many children have had no educational of politics since the introduction of the National Curriculum in 1989.
What is power? Why is understanding power essential to understanding government? Answer: Power is the ability to control others in a society. In order to understand government you need to understand that most of the time there will be people with power over you. After accepting that you can focus on just how much you want that power to be limited, but in order for you to benefit from the government you have to realize that they will have that power.