Marx: We are gathered here today to discuss our current economic, political, and social situation.
Smith: Politics? Social situation? I’m only here to talk about economics….
Marx: Well Smith when you improve the lives of citizens, and arrange politics so that it will benefit the people, economics will also improve.
Smith: Marx I’d have to disagree. You must first improve the economy in order to improve the lives of citizens.
Marx: But Smith the history of all societies has always been a struggle between classes: the struggle between the oppressed and the oppressor!… Read the rest here
The Effects of Collectivism, and a Lack of Individuality on the “Individual” In Anthem and We By Katie Mooradian:
I plan to analyze individuality in both Ayn Rand’s Anthem, and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We. I hope to find similarities between how their limited opportunities for individuality, take away their humanity. Both stories feature a removal of “human universals” such as choosing a mate, and child rearing by their natural parents, which compete against what we today would term as human nature.… Read the rest here
The idea of natural rights, or the universal unalienable privileges given to any citizen, gained popularity after the Enlightenment era. John Locke argued that it is the government’s role to help protect its peoples’ rights to life, liberty, and property. The French and American governments both chose to include their own versions of Locke’s ideas in their declarations; France with The Declaration of the Rights of Man, and America in The Declaration of Independence.… Read the rest here
More and Plato have similar ideas on how one lives a virtuous life, but their reasons for encouraging their own versions of morality come from two different viewpoints. More encourages following God’s will, and ethics, while Plato praises balance for the common good; although both authors seek order and harmony for the citizens of their utopias, especially through knowledge, their differing inspirations for writing may be why their basis for pursuing virtue is inconsistent. Perhaps Plato puts more responsibility on the individual’s ability to shape society because of the disastrous results of group think, and mob mentality which led to the execution of his teacher Socrates.… Read the rest here
The first day I arrived on campus I spent the majority of my time walking around and trying to find a familiar face from the few people I knew from accepted students day, or even to find someone who was interesting to me. The problem was that no one was outside. Morgan field was entirely empty. So I sat down in an Adirondack chair to read and relax and was invited to sit with a group of kids who I of course assumed were freshman as well.… Read the rest here