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economic class is the most significant form of division within society

One of the key assumptions of Marxist thought is that economic class is the most significant form of division within society.  All other divisions or distinctions (e.g. race, gender, age, religion) are false, or of secondary importance.

Does this assumption seem applicable to contemporary American society?  How strong of a role does class seem to play in peoples’ political and social identities?  Is class more or less effective of a means of political organization and mobilization than other significant factors (e.g. race, gender)?  If possible, provide some contemporary examples of instances where class interest / identity seems to be highly relevant or clearly irrelevant.

Discussion Grading Rubric

Quantity of Participation (20 points total)

Original Responses to Discussion Questions

  •   Full Participation (10 points): One or more original posts in response to the discussion questions

  •   No Participation (0 points): No original posts in response to the discussion questions
    Replies to Classmates’ Posts

  •   Full Participation (10 points): Two or more replies to classmates’ posts

  •   Partial Participation (5 points): One reply to classmates’ posts

  •   No Participation (0 points): No replies to classmates’ posts
    Quality of Participation (30 points total)
    Original Responses to Discussion Questions

  •   Excellent (10 points): Your posts demonstrate an excellent level of effort and consideration of the content of this module.

  •   Generally Good (8 points): Your posts demonstrate a generally good level of effort and consideration of the content of this module.

  •   Needs Improvement (5 points): Your posts demonstrate a limited level of effort and consideration of the content of this module.

  •   Unsatisfactory (2 points): Your posts demonstrate little to no consideration of the content of this module.
    Replies to Classmates’ Posts

  •   Excellent (10 points): Your replies represent a very meaningful contribution to this module’s discussion.  Generally Good (8 points): Your replies represent a meaningful contribution to this module’s discussion.

  •   Needs Improvement (5 points): Your replies represent a limited contribution to this module’s discussion. For future modules, I would encourage you
    to try more engagement with your classmates

  • .  Unsatisfactory (2 points): Your replies demonstrate little to no effort to contribute to this module’s discussion.
    Style and Netiquette

  •   Excellent (10 points): Excellent writing in this module, with no concerns regarding spelling, grammar, or disrespectful interactions.  Generally Good (8 points): No concerns regarding spelling, grammar, or disrespectful interactions

  • .  Needs Improvement (5 points): Your discussion posts contained some issues related to errors of spelling and grammar or disrespectful interaction
    with other students. See comments for additional information on how to improve on these issues.

  •  Unsatisfactory (2 points): Your discussion posts contained significant issues related to errors of spelling and grammar or disrespectful interaction with other students. See comments for additional information.

Maximum length 1 paragraph and a half

What grand strategy should the U.S. adopt in an increasingly turbulent world?

You only need to write the draft of the paper and this is the whole requirements of the paper. It needs to be between three and five pages.

“For the final paper, you will address the following questions:  What grand strategy should the U.S. adopt in an increasingly turbulent world? Is there a conflict between U.S. national interests and international  concerns,  or  do  the  two  approximately  align?  Which  of  the  two  should  the  U.S. prioritize as it devises and conducts its foreign policy, and which strategic methods and tools best  serve this objective? Should the U.S. be more or less active in international affairs? 

The final paper should be no shorter than five double spaced pages and should not exceed ten page s in length. Your initial paper draft (due July 1) should include your thesis, construct the beginnings 

of an argument supporting this thesis, and carefully incorporate relevant evidence to bolster your 

argument.  A  good  draft  will  also  consider  alternative arguments  and  address  any  evidence  that seems to contradict the stated thesis. This initial draft should be between three and five pages that is,  roughly  half  the  length  of  your  eventual  final  document.  You  should  submit  it  as  a  word document or text file (not as a PDF) to the relevant Carmen assignment page. 

You will also engage in the peer review process to help fellow students improve their initial drafts, and  you  will  utilize  their  peer  reviews  to  improve  your  own.  All  peer  reviewed  drafts  will  be anonymous: I will circulate an anonymized version of your draft to two other students, who will 

then produce a review. The best of these reviews will restate the central thesis and main arguments 

of the paper, discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and sug

gest potential revisions. I will then 

grade these reviews on the quality of the feedback you provide to your peers. 

The final draft of your paper should be a thorough revision of your initial draft, taking into account 

my earlier feedback as well as the pe

er review comments you received. It should also include a 

clearly  stated  introduction  (What  is  your  Thesis?),  a  carefully  articulated  argument  integrating 

sources  from  class,  a  section  discussing  and  rebutting  potential  counterarguments,  a  conclusion 

summarizing and crystallizing your central claims, and an appended bibliography. Throughout the 

paper,  you  should  cite  all  your  sources;  my  preferred  citation  format  is  the  Chicago  Manual  of 

Style, but any standard formatting style, e.g. MLA and APA, will be accepted. For this particular 

paper, simply ensure you consistently use your chosen citation style. “

discuss your political ideology and its development 3 pages

Requirement: You are required to write 3 page paper in which you discuss your political ideology and its development. You will utilize information learned about political culture in American Government Roots and Reform and class lecture. You should address these questions: Do your political belief reflect your background? Are there socioeconomic, religious, racial, or cultural factors that have influential in shaping who you are politically? Political ideology chosen: ​Liberalism Due date: July 5, 2018

Write a current event report on current news item associated with United States.

Current event report: Suggestions: (​www.economist.com​) (​www.nytimes.com​) Write a current event report on current news item associated with United States. Students must explain the item, say how it relates to a chapter of the book. Current event chosen: Children Seperated from Families Chapter it relates to: “Civil Rights, Congress, and the Supreme Court” Requirement: Just a current event report so it doesn’t have to be longer than 1 page if so.

Cultural Globalization in the middle east. How it affects the middle east and how the middle east sees it as westernization and is not in its favor.

Directions: 

 The research paper should be no less than ten (10) but no more than fifteen (15) double-spaced pages, excluding the title, abstract, and reference pages, in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, with 1-inch margins, and no extra spacing or use of bold.You are required to use at least ten (10) sources for your research paper.At least five (5) of those sources must be peer-reviewed article. You are required to use the APA writing style throughout the paper.

TOPIC

Cultural Globalization in the middle east. How it affects the middle east and how the middle east sees it as westernization and is not in its favor.

A bill that Congress is currently working on that interests you

prompt:

 After you tell us who your Congressman is, I’d like you to do a little research on the Web, and locate a bill that Congress is currently working on that interests you. Tell us about the bill, and why or why not your think it should pass or should not pass. For those of you who are following the $700 billion dollar bailout package that was rejected in Congress today (9/29), you could research whether your Congressman voted to pass it or voted against it. Tell us if you think your Congressman made a good decision, and whether or not you agreed with his vote. It should make for a great discussion!

How can we mitigate terrorism?

I have changed my perspective over the last few weeks, and being that I take such pride in my military service, I have begun to take on a realist perspective. 

To begin my discussion, I will post a quote from the textbook for the opposing argument.

Realists emphasize the struggle for power among states, not because they are blind to the growing influence of international institutions or non-state actors such as terrorists, but because states remain the most powerful actors in contemporary world affairs. (Nau, 2017)

This statement is important because it is important to see that power among states is an issue but ethic conflicts are decreasing while terrorism is increasing. The realist perspective shows the power among the states, and the struggle between weak and strong states. While states are powerful actors, I believe that terrorism is becoming a more popular alternative. 

Terrorism is different than other crimes because there is usually an objective, usually looking for a change in political figures, actions, or ideology. The realism perspective is simply explained as the weak looking for change by targeting the strong, which is the definition of terrorism. I believe that even though terrorism is a fear tactic and cowardly, it can be seen as more effective than peaceful protesting. 

These are my beliefs on today’s threat as well as the realist perspective on the topic. I am looking forward to discussing with others. What are your thoughts? Also, how can we mitigate terrorism?

liberal perspective

Speaking from a liberal perspective, the threat of terrorism or an ethnic conflict can be vastly different depending on where you live. If you are a resident of France, you are much more likely staying awake at night worrying about terrorism. If you are a Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar, your primary fear is ethnic conflict. Of course, this question is posed as the largest global threat, and I would choose ethnic conflict. Terrorism is primarily driven by religious fundamentalism and will come to pass in time with religious reform; as well as decreasing poverty, increasing access to education and information to the poorest countries that currently serve as the incubators of zealots ready to die for a promised reward in the afterlife. Ethnic conflicts can rise from several different factors, the deepest of which is rooted in tribalism, etched into our subconscious from ancestral DNA. This can also be stoked by charismatic leaders seeking nationalism and outright, unchecked power in their respective nation. 

As Nau states, a liberal perspective sees “…radical Islam as no worse than Christian fundamentalism and worry that Jewish fundamentalism is just as bad and provokes, through Orthodox demands for annexation of the West Bank and Gaza, much of the deep-seated Arab resentment. From this perspective, as the causal arrow suggests, it is better to focus on the roots of the poverty and despair that breed terrorism and downplay the ideological causes of the conflict” (2017, p.332). Sadly, with the way we are going, I could see a future on this planet where wars and genocides still occur, given the current slow burn reversal of civil rights and our (the USA) withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council as of last week. 

References

Nau, H. R. (2017). Perspectives on international relations: Power, institutions, and ideas (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press.