Effectively Governing the Masses – Government (300 Level Course)

Effectively Governing the Masses – Government (300 Level Course)

From the dawn of our great country of America there has been much debate as to the most effective way to govern the masses. Thomas Jefferson and his band of Anti-Federalists believed in a non aristocratic way of government. He believed in a system made up of many independent local governments that ruled in favor of its surrounding inhabitants. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alexander Hamilton and his group called the Federalists, believed that the masses were not capable of managing themselves and a more centralized and powerful governmental agency should be established to rule.

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Harding’s Death and Post–mortem Legacy – Government (300 Level Course)

Harding’s Death and Post–mortem Legacy – Government (300 Level Course)

Warren Gamaliel Harding was elected as the twenty-ninth president of the United States of America on March 4, 1921. Simply put by author H. L. Mencken, “no other such a complete and dreadful nitwit is to be found in the pages of American history.” It is been common understanding that the man that was our president for a little over two years was a prime example of incompetence yet feeble good nature.

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Memo to the UN Security Council: – Government (300 Level Course)

Memo to the UN Security Council: – Government (300 Level Course)

I would like to take this opportunity to commend not only those members of the Security Council but all members of the United Nations as well for dedicating time, resources, and men to many causes circumventing the globe. But you forgot to do one thing, and that is to make any of these programs work. While they look good on paper they are often a disaster when put into effect.

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Memo to the Bush Administration: – Government (300 Level Course)

Memo to the Bush Administration: – Government (300 Level Course)

As a citizen of this great country as well as a voter and tax payer, I feel that it is my civilian duty to give my opinion to those that run the government; my government. What you eventually decide to do with this information is clearly up to your discretion but it should be realized that it was people just like me throughout this country that brought you and your staff to office and in a little over three years will be in a position to do so again. This is not to sound like a threat in any way; it is just a reminder that our forefathers created a government “for the people and of the people.”

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Commentary on the World Bank – Government (300 Level Course)

Commentary on the World Bank – Government (300 Level Course)

Commentary on the IMF:
According to the Meltzer Report

As the Meltzer Report was released, the world continued to turn, and with these continuing revolutions new problems arose. Problems that will hopefully be dealt with more appropriately because of the work of the Congressional Commission assigned to come up with new and better ways for the financial institutions of the world to solve them. Arguably the two most important players in this field are the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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William Taft and a Lack of Progressivism – Government (300 Level Course)

William Taft and a Lack of Progressivism – Government (300 Level Course)

William Howard Taft became the twenty seventh president in 1909; handpicked by Theodore Roosevelt to carry on the Progressive torch of the Republican Party. While some argue that Taft was not the best choice, that perhaps Roosevelt’s Secretary of State Elihu Root or Governor Charles Evans Hughes of New York would be better progressives, many scholars believe that Roosevelt chose Taft for one main reason: he was a “yes-man.”

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Rousseau and the General Will – Government (300 Level Course)

Rousseau and the General Will – Government (300 Level Course)

The general will is defined by Jean Jacque Rousseau as the common good of all of the people that live in the state. While this explanation of general will is vague, Rousseau does in fact delve deeper into a working definition of it by expressing its crucial role in the creation of a strong and fair government. Yet merely defining the term does not give justice to its meaning. One may ask where general will is indeed cultivated, in other words, from where did it come? Also, is it in fact necessary in a society to promote freedom to its people? These questions require a simple analysis of Rousseau’s work, which has had and will continue to have lasting impressions on modern political thought.

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Karl Marx and Alienation – Government (300 Level Course)

Karl Marx and Alienation – Government (300 Level Course)

For Karl Marx, the idea of alienation is not as important as it is fundamental for everything that he has to say. Marx understands alienation as the claim that a product of one’s labor is objectified and that the value in the product is in the form of labor used to produce it and not the value that the product gains. It is in this work environment that the term “alienated labor” is derived. Marx has a problem with capitalism in that it focuses on the value of the produced object and not the human qualities involved in producing the object.

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Yeltsin’s Critical Inactivity – Government (300 Level Course)

Yeltsin’s Critical Inactivity – Government (300 Level Course)

Boris Yeltsin took the office of the Russian presidency in 1991 under a black cloud, following a failed coup against then president Gorbachev. Yeltsin’s presidency has become synonymous with failure and by the question of “what went wrong?” This question of what has gone wrong during the Yeltsin era is an almost bottomless topic. Yeltsin struggled through his first term from the attempted coup in 1991 to the foolish decision to invade Chechnya in 1994. Still all of these troubles can be contributed to the critical time period immediately following Yeltsin’s coming to power.

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