Thoreau does not agree with slavery and the “injustice” it entails. “I cannot for an instant recognize that political organization as my government which is the slave’s government also.” Thoreau doesn’t want any part in the government if it is the same government that is keeping slavery alive. Slavery, among other things, is an unjust law which Thoreau said needed to be “disobeyed.” He feels that the only way slavery will diminish is if the people do something about it. However, the people are not standing up for what is right and are not fighting the unjust laws, let alone slavery. Thoreau believes slavery will be abolished when the people stand up and say
Resisting the temptation to abuse one’s power is a challenge that only few people live up to if given the chance to do so without danger. The main goal of powerful leaders, should be to allow their people to pursue their own prosperity. Sadly, both moral and monetary corruption, are common in communistic regimes and dictatorships that started off promising prosperity and equality. History has shown, that the best way to prevent abuse of power is a constitution, free elections and an independent court system, which prevents a ruler from giving into the temptation of gaining absolute power. There are two main types of corruption - monetary and moral corruption.
Therefore, religion is a conservative force. For example, religion prevents a false class conscience which prevents the working class from realising their true potential and keeps them oppressed. As a result, religion prevents a true class conscience where the working class realise they are being exploited. Moreover, religion acts a form of “compensation” for the working class as the belief in God and heaven offers the working class compensation for the misery the experience through capitalism. Marxists argue that religion promises us happiness, but this is an illusion hiding the truth; true happiness can only be found in a revolution.
Economic/Political Analysis Are the poor and the wealthy equally concerned about the “freedom from fear”? Compare and contrast both speeches to answer this question. Unlike President Obama in President Roosevelt's speech the poor and wealthy are equally concerned about the “freedom of fear.” Truth be told, there are many things in this world that a lot of people may fear, the dark may witness one of your darkest secrets. According to Theodore Roosevelt “We don't have to fear anything in this world, but fear itself” so lets not sit back and wait on someone to take action first just because you're not as wealthy as others don't mean you can't have any contributions in this world. In one of Roosevelt's speeches he said “You don't have to have money to be happy happiness comes from achievement“ which was absolutely right, money don't bring you happiness, because you can be as depressed as people without money.
Caesar wanted to give debtors a second chance, with a clean slate, rather than the years of slavery faced by most debtors and their families. Unfortunately, he faced opposition from moneylenders who, unlike the senators he simply could replace, had the power to refuse him capital if he ruled against them. In a deft balancing act, Caesar gave moneylenders the power to confiscate the land of nobles in lieu of debt payments while at the same time ending the practice of selling plebeian delinquent debtors into slavery. Satisfied with their new collection powers, moneylenders were convinced of the prudence of allowing more concessions to debtors. These measures included: wiping the slate clean following a bankruptcy; allowing a man to keep the tools of his trade and related land; and limiting the personal liability of a debtor's immediate and extended family.
The Prince has elicited debate amongst generations of readers for its seemingly ruthless approach to statecraft and its abandonment of conventional morality. What Machiavelli recommends may seem, in a different political context to the stability of interstate relations today, to be shocking or immoral. However, such an interpretation fails to consider that The Prince is very much made by and for the real world. Machiavelli’s prescriptions are tailored to circumstances where society is already immoral by human nature and is blighted by disorder. Thus this essay will posit that Machiavelli is not motivated by immorality but rather pragmatism, in his advocacy of the means necessary to achieving an ‘end’ of stability and security for the collective good of the people.
It puts people of the country at risk when the government is so open and willing to go to war. One thing that is good with Machiavelli’s government is the idea that, “it is better to be feared than loved”. If a leader is just loved that is good but the people will not follow him, which means there is no government at all. A leader who is feared may not be the people’s favorite but at least he will have his orders followed. Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli have two very different views on government, but Lao-Tzu’s method is the superior
Society has always taught people that “honesty is the best policy”, deception has always been viewed as uncouth and improper from society. Sometimes deception is justifiable if it is not used for personal gain or selfish motives but instead for an honorable intention. It can have positive consequences when it is used correctly. From the Greeks use of the Trojan horse, to colonist use of the espionage system during the American Revolution, exemplify that manipulation is tolerable in certain circumstances. In the epic, The Odysseus by Homer, the protagonist, Odysseus, and his men are held captive by a giant Cyclopes.
Jock Young is the main key figure of Left Realism. It is similar to Marxists as they see society as unequal due to capitalism, but they believe social gradual change will overcome capitalism, as they are reformists. As a result of this it will help develop practical explanations for reducing crime rather than a revolution to abolish it. The central idea behind it is that ‘crime is a real problem’ and disadvanatged groups are the main victims and they must take it seriously which other sociologists are criticised for not doing so. Such as Traditional Marxists, who focus on corporate crimes but it neglects the working class crime and its effect.
In the American government, and many others alike, there are taxes you must pay. In Thoreau's time he was arrested for choosing to not pay his general taxes. He paid school and medical taxes, but refused to pay general taxes because he did not support slavery and the Mexican war, which was undoubtedly where the general taxes was going. The problem that Thoreau is addressing is the ability of the government to do such things. In his eyes the people should support only what they want to support, nothing more or less.