George Bernard Shaw once said: "Democracy substitutes election
by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few...", and
while I don't have nearly such a bleak outlook on our method of
government, Mr. Shaw does hold an iota of truth in his quotation....
As man progressed through the various stages of evolution, it
is assumed that at a certain point he began to ponder the world around
him. Of course, these first attempts fell short of being scholarly,
probably consisting of a few grunts and snorts...
When faced with a moral dilemma, utilitarianism identifies the
appropriate considerations, but offers no realistic way to gather the
necessary information to make the required calculations. This lack of
information is a problem both in evaluating the welfare...
Locke firmly denies Filmer's theory that it is morally
permissible for parents to treat their children however they please:
"They who allege the Practice of Mankind, for exposing or selling
their Children, as a Proof of their Power over them, are with...
Kantian philosophy outlines the Universal Law Formation of the
Categorical Imperative as a method for determining morality of
actions. This formula is a two part test. First, one creates a maxim
and considers whether the maxim could be a universal law...
Two controversial economic policies are Keynesian economics
and Supply Side economics. They represent opposite sides of the
economic policy spectrum and were introduced at opposite ends of the
20th century, yet still are the most famous for their effects on...
America has long been called "The Melting Pot" due to the fact
that it is made up of a varied mix of races, cultures, and
ethnicities. As more and more immigrants come to America searching
for a better life, the population naturally becomes more...
The Monetary and Fiscal Policies, although controlled by two
different organizations, are the ways that our economy is kept under
control. Both policies have their strengths and weaknesses, some
situations favoring use of both policies, but most of the...
In my short life on this planet I have come to question things
that many take upon blind faith. We all know that we must some day
die; yet we continuously deny the forces at work inside ourselves,
which want to search out the answers of what may or may not...
For most crimes committed in the United States a fine,
sentence of time in jail or execution is the punishment. However, the
death penalty is the most questionable punishment. Is it morally
right? Is it effective in deterring crime, primarily murders?...
"The third night that I roomed with Jack in our tiny double room, in
the solid-tumor ward of the cancer clinic of the National Institute of
Health in Maryland, a terrible thought occurred to me. Jack had a
melanoma in his belly, a malignant solid tumor that the...
Socio-economic conditions in North America have contributed to
the need for dual incomes for families. Economically, "the number of
two parent families below the poverty line would increase to an
estimated 78% if they were to become single income...
No other democratic society in the world permits personal
freedoms to the degree of the United States of America. Within the
last sixty years, American courts, especially the Supreme Court, have
developed a set of legal doctrines that thoroughly protect...
What has the world come to these days? It often seems like
everywhere one looks, violence rears its ugly head. We see it in
the streets, back alleys, school, and even at home. The last of these
is a major source of violence. In many peoples' living rooms...
The question of whether to legalize drugs or not is a very
controversial and important issue. Drugs affect so many areas of
society. "The U.S. population has an extremely high rate of alcohol
and drug abuse" (Grolier). Several groups have formed and...