Arguments For and Against Minimum Wage within the US

Patrick Tawadros, Corinne Dexter, Mark Hanna, Yuanwen Dong

Mediated Speech Outline – Minimum Wage

I. Introduction

  1. In this country, regardless of views and opinions, the controversial topic of minimal wage has resounding effects on staff, businesses, and customers alike.
  2. We will attempt to parse out the gory details by debating the professionals and cons of: growing the minimal wage.
  3. We have done in depth research, in addition to worked our fair share of minimum wage jobs giving us the ability to speak confidently on matters associated to minimum wage.

  4. It’s likely most of you may have minimum wage jobs supplying you with something to relate. If you don’t work for minimal wage you’re most likely nonetheless a client and thus both by way of wage will increase or value will increase the outcomes of this debate will have an impact in your life.
  5. There are robust arguments each for and in opposition to elevating the minimum wage including
    1. The potential to enhance health, teachers, and scale back crime rates.
    2. The potential to lead to a spike in unemployment
    3. The potential to minimize back poverty levels
    4. And finally the potential to lower demand

How might just some dollars do all this? Well let’s begin with the primary: health lecturers and crime.

II. Body

  1. Pro Argument 1 (PATRICK TAWADROS): Increasing the minimum wage would have optimistic well being results, enhance lecturers within the total sense, and cut back crime rates.
    1. Increasing minimum wage sustains a wholesome inhabitants and lowers mortality.
      1. In a study carried out by Rajiv Bhatia, MD, on the California minimum wage, it was discovered that the next minimal wage would finally allow staff to have enough to eat, be extra prone to train, and even stop premature deaths (Bhatia).

      2. In another examine conducted by Barhii, he “concluded that insurance policies that reduce poverty and raise wages of low-income folks may be anticipated to considerably enhance general well being and reduce well being inequities” (Barhii).
    2. To add to the added well being advantages, increasing minimum wage would enhance college attendance, while simultaneously reducing high school dropout charges.
      1. Teens dwelling in poverty are twice as prone to miss three or extra days of faculty per thirty days when in comparability with teens who don’t live in poverty (Bhatia).
    3. A higher minimum wage would scale back crime.
      1. In a research carried out by the Executive Office of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, it was discovered that by raising minimum wage to $12 by the year 2020 that there would be a three to five p.c crime decrease. This is primarily because of the reality that larger wages provide viable and sustainable employment. (Executive Office of the President)
      2. In one other study performed at the University of Virginia, it was discovered that an increase in wages is related to a reduction in property-related crimes. (Fernandez)
  2. Response to pro argument (con) (YUANWEN): At first look, the increasing of minimal wage would permit individuals of lower incomes to live a better life. But growing minimal wages adds many potential threats to the equilibrium of the free market. The net impact of this interference is not necessarily good. To specify, growing minimum wage will trigger higher unemployment price, and has no significant links to lowering the crimes..
    1. There is few proof to show that there is a hyperlink between the increasing of minimal wages and decreasing of crime rates. According to a study conducted by Boston College in 2013, “‘crime will enhance by 1.9 percentage points amongst 14-30 year-olds because the minimal wage increases.’” (Fuller).
    2. Due to the upper unemployment price brought on by the growing of minimum wage, a variety of the subsequent technology won’t be able to afford the education. In 2009, a examine by the American Journal of Economics and Sociology found that in Maryland, “a 25-percent improve in the true minimum wage was related to a 0.55 % improve in the dropout rate for Hispanic college students.” (Crofton, Anderson, and Rawe).
  3. Con argument (YUANWEN): On the contrary, increasing the minimal wage would drive business to lay off more employees to save tons of budgets and raise the unemployment rates.
    1. Sub point 1: Increasing minimum wage will elevate the value of companies, lower their employment ranges, and cause larger unemployment rate.
      1. Raising minimal wage will increase the price of businesses, forcing businesses to put off extra employees. The Congressional Budget Office predicted a $7.25 to $10.10 minimum wage increase could potentially cost 500,000 jobs. (Congressional Budget Office).
      2. Increasing minimum wages will decrease the willingness of companies to hire more employers, because of the rise of the fee. There was a survey conducted of 1,213 businesses and human assets professionals and 38% of the employers who payed minimal wage mentioned they would resort to letting go some employees if it was raised to $10.10. Among them 54% said they might decrease hiring levels (Kast).
      3. Statistically, comparing to countries that wouldn’t have minimal wage coverage, countries with minimal wage policy have higher rate of unemployment. In 2014, Steve H. Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, conducted a survey of the 21 European Union international locations that had a minimal wage and discovered that they had a median unemployment price of about eleven.8%, which was a 3rd greater than the 7.9% common within the remaining EU international locations with no minimum wage (Hanke).
    2. Sub level 2: Increasing minimum wage will put lower-skilled worker at a disadvantage, since the rise of wage exposes those lower-skilled to the identical competitors with those extra skilled.
      1. Raising minimal wage will put lower-skilled workers at disadvantages. From an employer’s point of view, folks of decrease skills don’t justify the rise of minimal wages, however they have no selection however to hitch the competition with the more expert, if minimal wages are elevated. James Dorn acknowledged that a minimum wage improve by 10% “leads to a 1-3% lower in employment of low-skilled workers” within the quick time period, and “to a larger lower within the long run” (Dorn).
      2. Increasing minimal wages places lower-skilled staff at a disadvantages by forcing them to be exposed to the same competition with people who find themselves extra expert. George Reisman acknowledged that if the minimum wage was increased to $10.10, “‘jobs that presently pay $7.25 had to pay $10.10, than employees who previously would not have considered those jobs due to their capacity to earn $8, $9, or $10 per hour, will now contemplate them. The effect is to reveal the employees whose skills do not exceed a degree similar to $7.25 per hour to the competitors of better educated, more skilled workers presently in a place to earn wage rates ranging from just above $7.25 to just beneath $10.10.’” (Reisman).
  4. Response to con argument (CORINNE): Despite the claim of an increase in unemployment, research on past minimal wage hikes have shown little effect on unemployment in each federal mandated and state mandated hikes.
    1. Sub level 1: A case study of the quick food business which compared two states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania after New Jersey elevated the minimum wage, and Pennsylvania did not, showed that there is “‘no proof that the rise in New Jersey’s minimal wage lowered employment at fast-food restaurants in the state’” (Card, Krueger). The department of labor statistics additional contends that in 65 years of federal minimum wage hikes, unemployment rates prior to now have generally gone down, or stayed the identical after will increase within the minimum wage with just one exception in the 70’s and that unemployment spike is linked to different causes such as recession and an power crisis (Real Minimum Wage…). History shows that it secure to assume that if anything a higher minimum wage will put extra money in people’s pockets for use for discretionary spending which is ready to stimulate the market or hold it the identical, but not improve unemployment.
  1. Pro argument (CORINNE): What, hoever, minimum wage increases always do, is reduce poverty and in turn cut back authorities spending.
    1. Sub point 1: Currently, the minimal wage just isn’t sufficient to stay on. The economic coverage institute using authorities sources discovered that the average price of dwelling in the united states, excluding discretionary spending is roughly $50,000 greater than what a minimum-wage employee earns (Cooper). As a result many people are either barely making it by, or are under the poverty line entirely and counting on authorities help to take action. In the 2014 Congressional Budget Office report, it showed that growing the minimal wage to $9 would lift 300,000 folks out of poverty, whereas raising it to $10.10 would bring 900,000 folks out of poverty (Congressional Budget Office). Accounting for inflation minimum wage should really be even higher at $10.fifty two or more depending on where somebody lives implying that poverty charges might shrink even decrease with a extra aggressive elevate (Cooper).
    2. Sub point 2: By helping families survive off the the diligent work that they do we are additionally serving to the taxpayer burden. It was reported in 2014 by The Center for American Progress that by raising the minimal wage to $10.10, SNAP spending would decline by $4.6 billion (West, Reich). Likewise The Economic Policy Institute came upon that by making the minimal wage to be $10.10, a minimum of 1.7 million Americans would not rely upon government help applications (Cooper). The wage increase would save $7.6 billion on annual government spending for income-support applications (Cooper). This money could both go back into the pockets of the everyday particular person or be used for different helpful applications.
  1. Response to pro argument (MARK HANNA): Unfortunately a lower in authorities spending for revenue support packages may result in unintended adverse sideeffects down the road for the poor and unemployed.
    1. People who’ve then been laid off would suffer from reductions in advantages due to congressional budget cuts to programs such as the supplemental vitamin help program (SNAP, previously called food stamps), short-term assistance for needy families (TANF), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), child-care subsidies, housing vouchers, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) because of the profit charges fading as earnings rises (Sherk, 2013). Those people nonetheless employed would have the power to afford extra so the necessity for these packages would diminish and as extra people will have to use these defunded applications as unemployment will increase, poverty will rise because the price range won’t be able to help them (Sherk, 2013).
    2. The standard of living will also increase as minimal wage will increase. In a examine conducted by Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, they discovered that growing wages to $22 an hour raises client costs by 25% (McClure, 2015).
  2. Con argument (MARK HANNA): Thus, raising the minimal wage would really decrease demand for market growth and merchandise because of greater prices, leading to negative long run outcomes for families and the financial system.
    1. Studies show that if the minimal wage was to increase from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, the demand for workers would decrease and many individuals would get laid off. Meanwhile, those who weren’t laid off pay 15% extra on payroll and earnings taxes for each extra dollar that’s added to the minimum wage (Sherk, 2013). This decrease in demand may have unavoidable negative consequences for unskilled staff and their households in the long run within the type of much less opportunity for employment and ability acquisition. Chaplin, Mark, and Andreas (2003) found by way of a study they performed that rising the minimal wage would “lower the continuation price for grades 9-12 in states with dropout ages beneath 18.”
    2. Raising the minimum wage will trigger demand to fall for what James and Mary Kau (1973) name “industrial incentive,” which is described as the inducement for trade to progress itself ahead. This fall in incentive was documented in a research carried out by Van Sickle (1946), where he discovered that the south was booming with industrialization for a couple of a long time then plummeted after the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed. The rising prices created by low demand for work would also impede competitors, as the worth of manufacturing of goods from the south to the north would improve (Kau & Kau, 1973).
  3. Response to con argument (PATRICK TAWADROS): Long term effects of the minimum wage being increased do not have an result on instructional alternatives for teen workers and don’t hurt demand for client items.
    1. In an journal article by Warren and Hamrock (2010), they describe how the consequences of a minimal wage increase wouldn’t impact teen staff who weren’t already doing poorly academically as others say it could. They claim it would solely impression those who would have had “a historical past of failure; who usually are not engaged in significant extracurricular, social or athletic actions in class; and, perhaps most importantly, who’re able to meaningfully improve their ranges of labor market participation” (Warren & Hamrock, 2010). They proceed to state that if the elevate would impact a sure academic subset, it would be these college students who’re competing with adults for jobs and/or who would be dropouts both method (Warren & Hamrock, 2010).
    2. Minimum wage will increase do not influence market development as innovation has all the time been outrunning minimal wage will increase. This is proven in an article published by The Economist (2015), stating that in most developed nations minimum wages rise with revenue ranges, however in America that’s not the case, as one would suppose that in a country with a GDP of $53,000 per particular person, the minimum wage should be at least $12 an hour, but it is not. Therefore, as a outcome of it has not stored up with revenue rises, it cannot be safely mentioned that elevating the minimum wage kills innovation.

Thus far, what have we discovered from our discussion? Let’s recap.

III. Conclusion:

  1. Ultimately, growing minimal wage might reduce poverty, therefore, bettering well being, educational efficiency, and lowering crime charges. However, then again, increasing minimal wage could stress enterprise to lay off employees and could lower demand for labor and merchandise.
  2. Regardless of perspective, the controversial and divisive matter of minimum wage is a far reaching concern in the United States of America and so you will need to weigh all sides equally to return to a balanced conclusion.

Works Cited

Patrick’s Pro Argument Sources

  • Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisors, “Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System,”, Apr. 2016
  • Fernandez, J., Holman, T., & Pepper, J. V. (2014). The Impact of Living‐Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 53(3), 478-500.
  • Rajiv Bhatia, “Health Impacts of Raising California’s Minimum Wage,” Human Impact Partners web site, May 2014
  • Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) “The Minimum Wage and Health: A Bay Area Analysis,”, Oct. 2014
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Corinne’s Pro Sources:

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  • Cooper, David. Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Save Safety Net Programs Billions and Help Ensure Businesses Are Doing Their Fair Share. Issue temporary no. 387. New York: Economic Policy Institute, 2014. Print.
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  • Reich, Michael, and Rachel West. “The Effects of Minimum Wages on Food Stamp Enrollment and Expenditures.” Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society fifty four.4 (2015): 668-94. Web.
  • The Effects of Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income. Rep. no. 4856. N.p.: Congressional Budget Office, 2014. Print.

Yuanwen’s Con Sources:

  • Congressional Budget Office, “The Effects of Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income,”, Feb. 2014
  • Kast, S., “New Express Employment Professionals Survey of Employers Shows 38% of Those Who Pay Minimum Wage Will Lay Off Workers If Wage Is Hiked,”, Mar. 19, 2014
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Mark’s Con Sources

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Arguments on genetically modified foods

Genetically modified meals have turn into a significant concern and have triggered controversy concerning both their health and environmental results (2). ‘Using trendy methods of genetic engineering, it’s possible to introduce particular genetic material derived from any species of plant, animal, or microorganism, or perhaps a artificial material, into completely different species of plant’ (Journal 1) This permits a desired trait to be enhanced and reproduced. (3) (4) ‘The ensuing crops are commonly often identified as genetically modified (GM) plants; when used as meals sources, they’re generally identified as GM meals.

’ (Journal 1)

‘It is probable that crop enchancment began as quickly as farming did’ (1) It is thought that improvement to crops and harvesting developed subconsciously with farmers selectively breeding animals and isolating, to then reproduce crops from those with probably the most desired attributes and from highly variable populations.(1) The first genetically modified crop was the tomato Flavr Savr, produced by a Californian company Calgene, in 1992 whose ‘intention was to create a vine-ripened tomato that was both ‘long-lasting and tasty’.

(6) However the corporate failed to stop the pores and skin of the tomato from soften whilst the fruit ripened. It took 10 years for the development of the tomato, (6) however eventually it received FDA approval in 1994 (6), and led to an increase in GM meals merchandise available available on the market.

Romania, Mexico, Germany, Australia and France are just a few of the 13 nations recognized to have grown genetically engineered crops on their land for business use within the 12 months 2000. (7) The United States of America produced 68% of the worlds GM crops, and due to this fact turned the largest producer of these crops.

In comparability to this, Argentina produced, 23%, Canada, 7% and China only 1%. Statistics from 2007 have proven a considerable increase from 1.7 million hectares being used for growing Gm foods in 1996, to 143 million hectares in 23 international locations around the globe, with 90% of GM meals produced being in developed or newly-developed countries.(journal one).

Ways to make GM meals.

Genetic modification of a selected plant or animal species could be achieved by a quantity of other ways. (3) Genetic engineering entails the DNA alteration of a plant or animal’s DNA which holds the genetic information of the species. It is the alterations of a specific gene that enables modification of sure traits displayed. In order to change a sure attribute, the corresponding gene coding for it, must initially be isolated in order to be inserted into a new DNA strand utilizing a transfer vector. A Vector ‘is an agent that may carry a DNA fragment into a host cell.’ (19) Plasmids are round DNA molecules which might be examples of vectors and ‘can replicate independently of the host cell.’ (3) Once the gene is current in the transfer vector it could then be directed into the cells of the goal organism. Then inside the cell the vector replicates and turns into a part of the cell’s own DNA, altering the organism’s traits.

Similar to this technique is the vector method which entails the merchandise being inserted instantly into genome via another vector. As properly as this there’s also the biolistic methodology, which is often often identified as the gene-gun method and is a way predominantly utilized in plant modification. (20) Pellets of metallic ‘coated with the desirable DNA’ are fired at the target cells that are then allowed to reproduce, and should presumably be cloned so as to produce a ‘genetically equivalent crop.’ (20)

Advantages and downsides of GM foods

With the world’s population expected to reach 12 billion in the next 50 years, the demand for high of the range produce will proceed to extend. By growing genetically modified vegetation with a resistance to pests or herbicides, then the usage of chemical applications could also be decreased, as can the costs of producing a crop, damage by undesirable pests/weeds.(8)

With the rise of varied totally different virus’, diseases and micro organism that impact and inhibit the expansion of a crop, applied sciences have enabled genetically engineered crops to be resistant to those totally different illnesses. (9)Plants corresponding to tobacco and potato have had antifreeze genes introduced in to them, to encourage the plants to resist cold temperatures that may usually kill such crops. (10)

A common problem in third world nations is malnutrition with estimations of 1.02 billion folks being undernourished and starved. (13) The main staple diet for these individuals is rice which sadly does not contain enough quantities of the nutrients and nutritional vitamins required to help stop malnutrition. Genetically engineering this crop to have the ability to create a nutritionally enriched rice variety would have the potential to help improve and in turn, eliminate these deficiencies. Vitamin A deficiency, estimated to have an effect on hundreds of thousands of people all over the world prompted the design of ‘Golden rice’ researched by Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer and contained very large portions of beta-carotene, which the physique makes use of and coverts to Vitamin A, and is required for numerous completely different metabolic features including in vision, immune functions and bone metabolism. (3)

‘Genetic engineering methods are now more commonly being used in order to introduce into plants, specific DNA that leads to the expression of distinct and distinctive proteins which are of specific curiosity and could also be harvested and used in the ‘…production of pharmaceutical compounds.’ (11) Currently, synthesis of plant-derived proteins supposed for pharmaceutical use remains to be within the early growth levels. Examples of the forms of protein and their supposed use are summarised in the desk below.


Some examples of GM plants with improved characteristics designed to improve well being and nutrition are Maize with added vitamin C content, Potato with insulin as nicely as enhanced calcium levels, rice with added iron or zinc and occasional beans with decreased caffeine content material. (journal 2)

One research in to which a genetically modified green pepper and a standard unmodified pepper have been analyzed for his or her nutrient and mineral contents and showed no important opposing outcomes between the 2 peppers. The analysis showed that there was neither significant difference within the power and the protein ranges nor a difference within the mineral content material which included calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. This due to this fact concluded that, the nutrient composition of the genetically modified green pepper was discovered to be equal to that of the usual unmodified peppers. (journal 11)

Another research that tested genetically modified Bt maize on laying quails additionally gave an analogous conclusion to the green pepper research. (Flachowsky et al., 2005b; Halle et al., 2006).The results confirmed that ‘Bt maize didn’t significantly affect well being, hatchability and performances of quails nor did it affect the quality of meat and eggs of quails’ compared with the unmodified maize that was also tested. (journal 2) One exception to this examine nevertheless was the that carried out by Piva et al. (2001a,b) who famous that ‘significantly improved animal performance was associated with a food regimen containing the Bt maize.’ It is thought that this ‘improved performance’ demonstrated by the animals fed the genetically modified Bt maize crop, was as a result of it lowered ‘secondary fungal an infection and, as a consequence, reduced mycotoxin contamination.’ (journal 2)


‘Publications on GM food toxicity are scarce’. Although there are many arguments and opinions surrounding the toxicity of GM meals, there is little experimental knowledge and evaluation to construct such arguments. ‘In fact, no peer-reviewed publications of clinical research on the human well being effects of GM food exist. Even animal studies are few and far between’ (18)

Acute toxicity research on the ‘Flavr Savr’ genetically modified tomatoes, required by the FDA, had been carried out with rats to discover out poisonous results of the GM product. ‘It was concluded that mean body and organ weights, weight achieve, food consumption and scientific chemistry or blood parameters weren’t significantly different between GM-fed and control teams.’ However it was famous that sections of the abdomen in as much as 7 of the 20 feminine rats fed the GM tomato, confirmed ‘mild/moderate erosive/necrotic lesions’ and in addition to this 7 of the 40 rats concerned within the experiment were recognized to have died a few weeks after for unspoken reasons. (18)

Another experiment that examined herbicide-resistant GM maize ‘showed significant differences in fats and carbohydrate contents compared with non-GM maize.’ Toxicity exams have been carried out and confirmed that the ‘rats capacity to digest was decreased after eating GM corn.’ (18) Likewise exams in to ‘potatoes remodeled with a selected toxin gene or the toxin itself was proven to have triggered an array of unwanted effects and confirmed that, CryI toxin was certainly secure in the intestine of the mouse and ‘therefore GM crops expressing it need to be subjected to “thorough tests…to keep away from the risks before advertising.’ (18) Such research assist people’s considerations about GM meals and spotlight the necessity for further research in to them and their health effects.


Another issue with the rise in the manufacturing of genetically modified crops is the transfer of allergens in to new crops and the effects of particular allergens on human immune response. (journal 3) The majority of dietary proteins consumed are hydrolysed, and digested into smaller peptides that don’t produce immune response in most people. However for these unfortunate enough to have hypersensitivity problems, allergic sort inflammatory responses can occur when contact with sure foods is made. ‘For this cause, the introduction of genetically modified crops into the human meals chain that contain allergens or proteins of unknown allergic potential might be of risk’. (Journal 8) Nordlee et al. (1996) cited in (journal 8) demonstrated utilizing the Brazil nut protein that allergenicity was indeed transferable by genetic modification. Amongst different issues these studies confirmed issues that ‘sensitivity might be transferred to transgenic vegetation when an allergen is expressed in a non-native host through genetic modification.’ (journal 8)

Lee et all (2006) in contrast the allergenicity of GM potatoes with that of non- GM potatoes during which 1886 patients who suffered various allergic diseases and so forth had been used for testing. From his study he was able to conclude that genetic modification of crops didn’t trigger an increase in allergenicity.

The use of certain ‘animal models’ has ‘been developed to find a way to take a look at whether or not meals components similar to GM proteins could probably induce allergic reactions. (journal 2) The animals are often responders to excessive IgE and are sensitised earlier than given the ‘test compound.’ The animal fashions all have in frequent the production of particular IgE antibodies to the particular proteins. Particular proteins that cause meals allergy in people are claimed to provide extra pronounced IgE responses whereas proteins that do not readily cause such results in people are claimed to induce poor IgE responses. (Journal 2)

An example of 1 such mannequin is the BN rat which is a ‘high-immunoglobulin (particularly IgE) responder strain’ and is analogous to people in the method in which that they produce ‘antigen-specific immunoglobins’,-which are glycoprotein’s that perform as certain antibodies. (3) Experimental investigations in to the hypersensitivity of rats to specific proteins performed by Knippels et al., 1998, showed the rats have been capable of producing particular antibodies (IgG and IgE) and immune responses to the mannequin antigen ‘ovalbumin’, found in egg white and infrequently employed in experiments into immunology and hypersensitivity to stimulate allergic reactions. (3) Analysis of the analysis showed the rats developed allergic responses to the identical problematic proteins that trigger reactions in humans. (Knippels & Penninks, 2002). (Journal 8)


One of the most impressive applications of genetic engineering is now the event of so-called “pharma crops.”‘ Specific genes in some helpful crops are modified with to ensure that certain chemical compounds, antibodies, hormones and proteins to be produced that can be utilized in numerous functions within the pharmaceutical business. (14)

The firm, INB Biotechnologies in Philadelphia have been lately designing a ‘nontoxic anthrax vaccine via the transgenic modification of petunias.’ This causes the manufacturing of latest proteins by the plant that in flip causes the event of antibodies towards the anthrax bacterium, when consumed. (16) Trials have begun on genetically engineered crops designed for ‘healing wounds and treating conditions corresponding to cystic fibrosis, cirrhosis of the liver and anaemia; antibodies to fight cancer and vaccines in opposition to rabies, cholera and foot-and-mouth disease.’ (15)

The idea of genetically engineered crops for pharmaceutical use is a fairly new concept, and subsequently such merchandise are still of their preliminary stages of design and testing. However vital concern has been raised surrounding their use and potential penalties. For instance it’s thought that meals crops already are or could sooner or later, be ‘contaminated by DNA sequences from GM crops.’ (15) Genetically modified crops run the chance of ultimately introducing unknown, potentially harmful chemicals into the meals chain, by accidental cross breeding and seed contamination. (17)


As well as there being many advantages to genetic engineering and the introduction of genetically modified meals, there are as well, possible risks and hazards resulting in concern over their use and potential risks to each the surroundings and to people. However there might be inconsiderable proof to suggest that there are disadvantages and significant dangers of consuming GM meals. Various testing has been carried out on an array of substances and components of GM crops to check for certain results, some of these being toxicity and allergenicity. There are conflicting stories; some suggesting GM foods are safe, others that say they are harmful and a threat to human well being.

Although solely slight results have been observed on the animals examined, it is enough to warrant nervousness over GM meals and their possible implications on people. Some would argue minor changes and effects on animals doesn’t necessarily imply that they might have the identical impact, if consumed, on humans, but, there have additionally been a quantity of experiments that contradict this and analysis of which conclude little or no medical, toxicological abnormalities observed in the animals having been examined.

It has been demonstrated that Genetic modification in addition to being advantageous can even increase the dietary worth of a food supply, providing useful benefits, corresponding to crops with extra vitamins/minerals and so forth similar to the example of ‘golden rice’ highlighted above. However there are additionally important disadvantages such as possible toxicity and allergic elements in some GM meals sources. Having looked at the evidence surrounding such elements it is difficult to say whether or not or not there are nutritional arguments towards genetically modified meals. It is safe to say subsequently, that new and improved strategies are needed to further examine the ‘compositional, dietary, toxicological and metabolic differences between GM and conventional crops’ likewise the ‘techniques used in growing GM crops’ in order to expel the fears of many and allow for know-how in this field to broaden safely. (18)



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  5. The nutrient composition of the herbicide-tolerant green pepper is equal to that of the conventional green pepper Hongju Parka, Sunghyen Leea,c,four, Hyunjin Jeonga, Sumook Choa, Hyekyung Chuna, Ohhyun Backa, Donghern Kimb, Hyun S. Lillehojc


  1. Plant biotechnology. Ed, Nigel G. Halford (2006) chapter 1 pg5 John Wiley and sons Ltd west sussex, England

Arguments for and Against Keeping Animals in Zoos

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Arguments For Zoos

* By bringing pеople and animals collectively, zoos educate the public and foster an appreciation of the animals. This exposure and education motivates folks to protect the animals. * Zoos save endangered species by bringing them right into a protected setting, the place they’re shielded from poachers, habitat loss, starvation and predators.

* Many zoos even have breeding packages for endangered species. In the wild, these individuals might have trouble discovering mates and breeding. * Reputable zoos are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and are held to excessive standards for the treatment of the animals. According to the AZA, accreditation means, “official recognition and approval of a zoo or aquarium by a group of experts.” * A good zoo supplies an enriched habitat by which the animals are by no means bored, are properly cared-for, and have plenty of space.

* Zoos are a tradition, and a visit to a zoo is a wholesome, household exercise. * Seeing an animal in particular person is a a lot more private and more memorable experience than seeing that animal in a nature documentary. * Some would argue that people have little, if any responsibility to non-animals as a outcome of humans are extra important, and if keeping animals in zoos serves any instructional or entertainment purposes, we will ethically do it. * Zoos assist rehabilitate wildlife and soak up exotic pets that folks now not need or are no longer able to take care of. * Both accredited and unaccredited animal exhibitors are regulated by the federal Animal Welfare Act, which establishes requirements for care. Arguments Against Zoos

* From an animal rights standpoint, we don’t have a proper to breed, capture and confine different animals, even if they’re endangered. Being a member of an endangered species doesn’t mean the person animals have fewer rights. * Animals in captivity suffer from stress, boredom and confinement. Intergenerational bonds are damaged when people get offered or traded to different zoos, and no pen and even drive-through safari can compare to the liberty of the wild. * Baby animals usher in visitors and money, but this incentive to breed new child animals leads to overpopulation. Surplus animals are offered not only to other zoos, but in addition to circuses, canned hunting facilities, and even for slaughter. * The overwhelming majority of captive breeding packages do not launch animals again into the wild. The offspring are forever part of the chain of zoos, circuses, petting zoos, and exotic pet commerce that buy, sell and barter animals among themselves and exploit animals. Ned the Asian elephant was born at an accredited zoo, but later confiscated from an abusive circus trainer and at last despatched to a sanctuary.

* Removing individuals from the wild will additional endanger the wild inhabitants because the remaining people will be much less genetically diverse and may have more problem discovering mates. * If individuals want to see wild animals in actual life, they will observe wildlife in the wild or visit a sanctuary. A true sanctuary does not buy, sell, or breed animals, but takes in unwanted exotic pets, surplus animals from zoos or injured wildlife that may now not survive within the wild. * An individual’s rights shouldn’t be infringed for the sake of the species. A species just isn’t asentient being and subsequently has no rights. * If zoos are teaching children anything, it’s that imprisoning animals for our personal entertainment is appropriate. * At least one examine has shown that elephants kept in zoos do not reside so lengthy as elephants within the wild.

* The federal Animal Welfare Act establishes solely essentially the most minimal standards for cage measurement, shelter, well being care, air flow, fencing, meals and water. For instance, enclosures should present “sufficient house to permit each animal to make regular postural and social changes with sufficient freedom of movement. Inadequate space may be indicated by evidence of malnutrition, poor situation, debility, stress, or irregular habits patterns.” Violations often result in a slap on the wrist and the exhibitor is given a deadline to correct the violation. Even an extended historical past of inadequate care and AWA violations, such because the historical past of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger, won’t free the animals.

* Sanctuaries also rehabilitate wildlife and soak up undesirable exotic pets, with out breeding, buying and promoting animals like zoos do. * Animals generally escape their enclosures, endangering themselves in addition to folks. There have even been incidents of zoo animals consuming other zoo animals. In the case of zoos, both sides will argue that their facet saves animals. Zoo proponents don’t consider in animal rights, so most of the arguments in opposition to zoos aren’t persuasive to them, whereas different arguments could appear to use solely to inferior zoos, such as roadside zoos and petting zoos.

Arguments for abortion and against abortions

The associated subject between the four articles listed under is abortion. There will all the time be an argument for abortion and in opposition to abortions. As a women, I can relate to each side; pro-choice and pro-life. The fact that the federal government is attempting to take away the choice for an abortions, raises lots of questions to me. Why shouldn’t girls have a choice? Krause, K. W. (2011, July-August). Abortion’s nonetheless unanswered questions.

The Humanist, 71(4), 40+.

Kenneth W. Krause is a contributing editor to “The Good Book.

” He is known as a humanist. Krause is also identified for placing hot topics underneath fire. The associated topic is about abortions. His article places the unanswered questions about abortion on the highlight within the article listed above. In Krause’s article, he questions what precisely “we” learn about abortions. KAMINER, W. (2000).

Abortion and Autonomy.

The American Prospect, 11(14), 40

Wendy Kaminer is a author and a lawyer. She primarily writes her books based mostly on social points and feminism issues.

Kamier’s article “Abortion and Autonomy” factors out the methods the legal guidelines have both protected abortion and pushed against them. The article reveals each opinions about pro-choice and pro-life. Kaminer actually believes the feminist motion has been “fractured”. She additionally makes points in her article about how the regulation has had an affect on abortions. McBride, A. December 2006. Roe v. Wade (1973).

Alex McBride is a 3rd yr law scholar at Tulan Law School. He at present is clerking with Judge Susan Braden in Washington. McBrides article, Roe v.

Wade (1973), he explains the process in 1973 to keep abortion authorized. Norma L McCovey (Roe) claimed Texas criminalizing Roes proper to have an abortion. She mentioned the law was unconstitutional to her rights. McCovey’s rights were protected by the constitution. However, there have been pointers set to particularly outline whether or not a lady can have an abortion.

Joseph, C. (2011). Dems Spoiling for Planned Parenthood Fight. National Journal. Cameron Joseph is a young political journalist. He is at present working in Washington D.C writing about the re-election of Obama. The article listed above is about the republicans “defunding” Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a company that provides contraception and in addition performs abortions. Indiana officers say that taking funding for Medicaid to fund Planned Parenthood is unlawful. “To stop pregnancy or abortions, why don’t we fund organizations that provide contraception to prevent abortions?”

Arguments for and in opposition to vegetarianism

What are the arguments for and against vegetarianism?

Seeing animals working round full of cuteness can deliver a smile to anybody’s face. But figuring out the reality that most of them shall be taken away and butchered creates numerous arguments as a end result of some people would simply put this down as cruelty were as others would name it ‘meat.’

Over the past years increasingly campaigns and protestations have been started. Talking to lots of vegetarians I discovered that their purpose for being a vegetarian was as a end result of they discovered it a way of living with avoiding every type of killing animals.

That or they discovered it higher for his or her well being, as most most cancers institutions will approve that vegetarians have a a lot lower price of most cancers. A lot of people have been found to say ‘what offers us the best to kill innocent lives, animal or non-animal?’ They believe animals have rights too.

Many vegetarians, and particularly vegans, additionally select to surrender the usage of all animal products, together with leather-based, fur, and animal products used in widespread home goods and substances.

Some say that killing animals for any cause is entirely pointless, whereas others argue that human beings are not meant to be carnivores in any respect, pointing to a human’s small canines, flat molars, lengthy intestines and fewer acidic stomachs, all ideal for consuming fruits (carnivores have larger enamel, shorter intestines and stronger abdomen acids.) Many really feel that every one animals are creatures with emotions, feelings, and the ability to feel pain too.

Moving on to the arguments in opposition to vegetarianism. First of all, not all vegetarians eat healthy. A nice deal simply switch to avoid meat, however still devour massive quantities of meals that stay “questionable.” These “lazy vegetarians” normally subsist on a food plan of espresso, hard liquor, cigarettes, French fries, potato chips, pizza, ramen noodles and candy, with the occasional vegetable or two. One troubling aspect of vegetarianism, and specifically veganism, is that it can actually be insufficient and can result in nutrient deficiencies. Particularly susceptible are kids, especially infants, who can fail to develop at the proper rate because of deficiencies of power, calcium, zinc, Vitamins B-12 and D, amino acids and nitrogen in vegan diets.

Animals would eat us in the occasion that they had been hungry, why shouldn’t we eat them? This is a question asked extensively by meat eaters. And the fact is. It’s true. Animals would eat us. Moreover meat is a big a part of the Westernised world. Some eat meat as a result of they prefer it, and some do not because they don’t like it.

I find being a meat-eater that there’s a meals chain, that human’s and animal’s follow.

For occasion, Human’s eat animals and vegetation and Animal’s eat crops and other animals.

People name eating meat cruelty and homicide, and to again themselves up they arrive to ethics. Ethics is the philosophical research of right and wrong, good and bad; it is a crucial analysis of our actions and their attainable or real penalties.

They say we’re human beings with unique rational minds capable of raising the query of whether or not killing is correct or mistaken and governing our behaviour accordingly; we are, in brief, the ethical animals.

Once again the question pops up. If we’re referred to as ‘ethnic animal’s’ then we ought to always be able to resolve between the wrongs and rights of our actions. If a majority of people think that meat eating just isn’t incorrect and will be able to happen without the criticising of vegetarians then let it be.

To conclusion it’s almost puzzling as to why people select or choose to not embrace animal meat of their day by day diet. It can additionally be fairly a debatable matter because every argument for and in opposition to vegetarianism could be disputed. At the end of the day the question revolving round shall be, to be or not to be a Vegetarian? It really is a matter of choosing the alternative.

Arguments for and Against Corporate Social Responsibility

“A business’s obligation to observe targets which might be good for both group and society within the long-term, and usually are not required by legislation.” Corporate Social Responsibility The term “corporate social responsibility” got here in to frequent use within the early Seventies. It means the obligation of a corporation in path of society in order to prove itself accountable about its actions and their results on surroundings, group and external stakeholders. It implies that a corporation is responsible for all its action in course of the people who find themselves affected by its actions and processes.

Therefore, corporate social duty may be outlined as: “Operating a enterprise in a way that meets or exceeds the ethical, authorized, commercial and public expectations that society has of business.” The Socioeconomic View

The Socioeconomic view acknowledged that it is the duty of managers and all group s to deal with public pursuits as well as their profits. Each group should be responsible for all its actions which may hurt or benefit neighborhood and should take actions to stop any malpractices in its operations, finance, advertising and human resource departments.

Business organizations should not only act for their own revenue but also for the welfare of group. They ought to take an lively part in happenings in the society and will perform such actions which can improve the political, economical, social and environmental circumstances of the society. In brief, corporate social responsibility makes a company to play its role in the enchancment and welfare of society. Arguments For and Against Corporate Social Responsibility

According to Classical view of social accountability of a corporation, the management and managers of a corporation are responsible for maximizing organizational earnings solely.

It just isn’t their duty to care for public interest. The solely objective of creating a enterprise is to generate earnings and due to this fact, he solely responsibility of managers is to maximize profits and scale back prices of doing enterprise. Given are a few of the arguments for and towards corporate social accountability:

1-Corporations as Moral Agents Business organizations are an essential a half of any society and play an necessary position in determining the economic and social situation of any society. As organizations are thought-about as one of the main factors affecting economy of a country, they should be accountable of what they’re giving to the society. They generate income by promoting their merchandise and providers to clients and, therefore, ought to be answerable for any good or bad results of their actions and merchandise on customers.

On the opposite hand, the proponents of this view state that organizations must be accountable only for generating profits. As the owners or traders are also a part of neighborhood, the group performs its obligation by maximizing the wealth of their shareholders. The sole function of an organization is not to serve society by getting involved in welfare actions. The group serves the community by making products and rendering services. Therefore, there isn’t a other obligation of a corporation towards society.

2-Social Responsibility and Economic Performance

The advocates of corporate social accountability state that by getting concerned in neighborhood services, an organization will get an opportunity to enhance its revenues. The social welfare activities enhance the nice will of the organization and make its corporate image better than its opponents. Customers choose to buy services and products from a company which proves it to be socially responsible.

Those who say that group should not be socially accountable state that such activities enhance the price of doing business. As one of many main targets of a enterprise is to scale back the prices, such practices are in opposition with advantage of business homeowners.

For instance, investing in a manufacturing plant which emits much less carbon to the setting wants greater expenses as compared to the conventional, cheap plant however is harmful for surroundings is a question for managers.

3-Social Responsibility and Ethics

Organizations shouldn’t be involved in any type of practices which can give rise to the sensation of inequity and unfair actions in society. Discrimination primarily based on gender, race and nationality is one major action which is considered because the social duty of organizations. When giving promotions to employees, each particular person ought to be given an equal chance to advance within the career and ought to be treated fairly.

The proponents of corporate social duty also admit the fact that the organizational practices should be ethical in nature however to a restricted extent. The practices shouldn’t hurt anybody but ought to place organizational curiosity before the community interest.

4-Social Responsibility and Environment A company must produce goods and providers that are helpful to society while making sure that the processes of manufacturing additionally keep away from harm, similar to pollution. The initiatives similar to green management and environment friendly products make it clear that prospects need to purchase the merchandise that are secure for them and do not harm setting. They also prefer those organizations which prove that they are not damaging the natural setting of earth in any case. On the opposite hand, the proponents of the view state that saving environment might enhance the price of their business and will make the organization less efficient in numerous its practices. They put the question of buying one type of machinery over the opposite which is surroundings friendly but incurs large costs.

Conclusion In order to get higher monetary performance and good will, it’s higher for a company to realize its corporate social accountability and manage all its operations in an moral way. Only an improved society can result in an improved enterprise which is in favor of both inner and exterior stakeholders of a company. More and more organizations are taking severe steps to become involved in socially responsible actions and consider it worthwhile in the long in addition to short run.

Arguments for and towards euthanasia and assisted suicide

Arguments for and towards euthanasia and assisted suicide There are arguments each for and against euthanasia and assisted suicide. Some of the main arguments are outlined below. You ought to be aware that these arguments do not essentially represent the opinions or insurance policies of NHS Choices or the Department of Health. Arguments for euthanasia and assisted suicide

There are two main forms of argument used to help the practices of euthanasia and assisted suicide. They are the: ethical argument – that individuals ought to have freedom of choice, together with the right to manage their own body and life (as lengthy as they do not abuse any other person’s rights), and that the state shouldn’t create legal guidelines that stop people being able to choose when and how they die pragmatic argument – that euthanasia, notably passive euthanasia, is already a widespread practice (allegedly), just not one which individuals are keen to admit to, so it is better to manage euthanasia properly The pragmatic argument is discussed in more element beneath.

Pragmatic argument
The pragmatic argument states that many of the practices used in end of life care are a type of euthanasia in all however name.

For instance, there’s the follow of making a ‘do not try cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) order, the place an individual requests not to receive remedy if their coronary heart stops beating or they cease breathing. Critics have argued that DNACPR is a kind of passive euthanasia as a end result of a person is denied therapy that might potentially save their life. Another controversial practice is called palliative sedation.

This is the place an individual who is experiencing excessive struggling, for which there is no effective treatment, is put to sleep utilizing sedative medicine. For instance, palliative sedation is often used to treat burns victims who’re anticipated to die. While palliative sedation isn’t directly carried out for the aim of ending lives, most of the sedatives used carry a threat of shortening a person’s lifespan.

Therefore, it might be argued that palliative sedation is a type of lively euthanasia. The pragmatic argument is that if euthanasia in these forms is being carried out anyway, society would possibly as properly legalise it and be sure that it’s properly regulated. It ought to be confused that the above interpretations of DNACPR and palliative sedation are very controversial and usually are not accepted by most docs, nurses and palliative care specialists. Read extra concerning the alternatives to euthanasia for responses to these interpretations. Arguments towards euthanasia and assisted suicide

There are 4 major forms of argument utilized by people who find themselves towards euthanasia and assisted suicide.

They are known as the: religious argument – that these practices can by no means be justified for spiritual reasons, for example many people believe that solely God has the best to end a human life ‘slippery slope’ argument – this is based mostly on the concern that legalising euthanasia could result in significant unintended changes in our healthcare system and society at massive that we would later come to regret medical ethics argument – that asking medical doctors, nurses or another healthcare professional to carry out euthanasia or help in a suicide would be a violation of fundamental medical ethics different argument – that there is no purpose for an individual to suffer both mentally or bodily as a outcome of effective finish of life treatments can be found;

therefore, euthanasia just isn’t a legitimate treatment possibility but represents a failure on the part of the doctor concerned in a person’s care These arguments are described in more detail beneath.

Religious argument
The commonest non secular argument is that human beings are the sacred creation of God, so human life is by extension sacred. Only God ought to select when a human life ends, so committing an act of euthanasia or assisting in suicide is performing against the desire of God and is sinful. This perception, or variations on it, is shared by members of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths.

The concern is more complex in Hinduism and Buddhism. Scholars from each faiths have argued that euthanasia and assisted suicides are ethically acceptable acts in some circumstances, but these views don’t have universal help amongst Hindus and Buddhists. ‘Slippery slope’ argument

The slippery slope argument is based on the thought that once a healthcare service, and by extension the government, begins killing its own citizens, a line is crossed that ought to by no means have been crossed and a dangerous precedent has been set. The concern is that a society that permits voluntary euthanasia will steadily change its attitudes to include non-voluntary after which involuntary euthanasia. Also, legalised voluntary euthanasia may ultimately result in a extensive range of unforeseen penalties, such as those described below. Very sick people who want fixed care or folks with extreme disabilities could really feel pressured to request euthanasia so that they are not a burden to their family.

Legalising euthanasia could discourage research into palliative therapies, and presumably stop cures for people with terminal illnesses being found. Occasionally, doctors may be mistaken about a person’s prognosis and outlook, and the individual might choose euthanasia because of being wrongly told that they’ve a terminal condition. Medical ethics argument

The medical ethics argument, which has similarities to the ‘slippery slope’ argument, states that legalising euthanasia would violate one of the important medical ethics, which, within the words of the International Code of Medical Ethics, is: ‘A doctor should at all times bear in mind the obligation of preserving human life from conception’. Asking doctors to abandon their obligation to protect human life might injury the doctor–patient relationship. Causing death on a daily basis might turn into a routine administrative task for docs, leading to a lack of compassion when coping with elderly, disabled or terminally unwell folks.

In turn, people with advanced well being wants or extreme disabilities may become distrustful of their doctor’s efforts and intentions. They may think that their doctor would somewhat ‘kill them off’ than take accountability for a posh and demanding case. Alternative argument

The various argument is that advances in palliative care and mental well being therapy imply there isn’t any cause why any individual should ever feel that they are suffering intolerably, whether or not it’s physical or psychological suffering or each. According to this argument, if a person is given the best care, in the best environment, there ought to be no reason why they’re unable to have a dignified and painless pure death.

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Arguments Against Slavery in the British Caribbean

As a newspaper reporter in 1825, write an article presenting arguments AGAINST slavery within the British Caribbean under the next headings: i) Economic ii) Religiousiii) Humanitarian

On each road corner, in each household, on each tongue and on each wall, contradictory views on the system of slavery are being disputed. The public is being bombarded by the economic, spiritual and humanitarian views of slavery. The urgent concern that might be highlighted in today’s article is the arguments towards slavery.

The economic arguments in opposition to slavery think about the economic losses skilled by planters and their interests (like the West India Interest etc) from having a system of compelled labour as opposed to free paid labour.

It is argued that slavery is uneconomic as provisions have to be made to the control of slaves. These provisions are dearer than the employment of free labour.Slavery is dear if you add up the prices of buying and maintaining the slaves and paying towards the forces needed to prevent revolts.

The economist, Adam Smith, in his book “The Wealth of the Nation” wrote that ‘the work of free men comes cheaper in the end than carried out by slaves.’ Slavery makes the slaves a reluctant labour force and so the slaves fell that their labour is useless as all of the earnings go to the master as the slaves usually are not allowed to personal something, not even themselves.The investments in slaves are actually being wasted as they are dying in massive numbers from measles, yaws, dysentery and other illnesses.

Also slavery is allowing the countries in the British Caribbean, example Jamaica, to turn into monocultural which is dangerous to our financial system; as a lot of the revenue comes from there. It could be mentioned that the most important point that might be argued is that British industrial growth could be stimulated by free trade because the retailers would be able to buy cheaper goods elsewhere as there would now not be mercantilism. Adam Smith also stated in his book that ‘the laws which stood in the way of free trade were dangerous for the prosperity of a rustic as a complete.’

In addition, the religious arguments that had been presented by the humanitarians were few; they were used towards the enslavement of people. These arguments were from the Christian individuals in England. They are stressing that slavery is opposite to the desire of God. Also, it is said within the bible to “love thy neighbor as thyself”; nonetheless the system of slavery engendered hate rather than position. All males are equal in the sight of God however slaves were subjugated to the need of their grasp. They believe it’s morally wrong to be concerned in slavery. The system of slavery violates the notion of justice as it is based on the exploitation of the slaves’ labor with nearly complete disregard for his or her rights.

The humanitarian arguments are offered as justification for the abolition of slavery. Supporters of slavery argue that slavery is inhumane, unjust merciless, unjust and that punishment meted out to slaves is harsh and brutal. It is also argued that the system of slavery dehumanizes and humiliates slaves as it regards them as part of stock, not as human beings. It is believed that slave house owners are not concerned with the wellbeing of their slaves, as food, clothes, housing and medical care are often inadequate. This can be believed to be the rationale the slaves typically fall prey to a number of ailments. It can additionally be argued that slaves weren’t protected by the law.

The colonial laws for the management of slaves are seen as repressive and do not present security for them. The judicial system is believed to be titled towards the slaves. This particular person seems so as some judges and magistrates are themselves slave owners, and they did not allow slaves to offer evidence against a white individual. Slaves also posses no legal right to own any property; they don’t have any proper to their families, determine or even their names.

The incontrovertible reality that slavery is already existent in Africa is an argument referred to many times in assist of slavery, however it’s typically argued that the conditions of slavery in the Caribbean are far worst than the situations of the domestic slavery practiced in Africa. Speaking of Africa, additionally it is believed that slavery has triggered plenty of civil war within the continent. The slave trade, it’s believed, had led to inter-tribal warfare in Africa, and destroyed household and political structures in its time, leaving the continent in full devastation.

Arguments: Autism-Speaks

Just think about your child was identified of getting autism. The realization of your youngster maybe being autistic may be lurid. You now know that your child might be found with many challenges, and will have a severe issue making sense of the world. Autism is an sickness that can have an result on your communication, socialization, intelligence, and you may act in many unusual behaviors. To try to help an autistic baby is being very brave. Having a baby, who is autistic, might be a wrestle throughout each of your lives.

There’s one charity that has supported and has raised some huge cash for analysis, households, and hope for a remedy.

Autism is disorder that many kids and adults wrestle with however with the assistance of Bob and Suzanne Wright, families have grown to help their sibling with Autism attempt and create a greater lifestyle. Bob and Suzanna Wright, grandparents of a child with autism, based autism Speaks in February 2005.

Their longtime pal Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, devoted to funding analysis into the causes, prevention, therapies and a remedy for autism; rising consciousness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their households. “We are proud of what we’ve been capable of accomplish and look ahead to continued successes in the years ahead.”- Bob Wright.

Autism is a lifelong diagnosis.

Once recognized, there isn’t any possibility for that particular person to “grow” out the dysfunction. With early intervention signs can decrease quickly. Even “high functioning” youngsters with autism may be difficult for fogeys. “Low functioning” autism may be overwhelming to the whole household. The diagnosis of autism doesn’t dictate a particular placement. Autism could happen by itself or in affiliation with other disabilities. Educational placement selections must be based on the assessed strengths and weaknesses of the scholar and academic needs rather than on reactions to the label of autism. Students with autism may be served in quite lots of academic settings. Since 1992 to present day, Autism has increased to U.S kids, aged 6-22, almost 10 %. So far, we’ve watched it develop to 45% to 530%, cumulative progress.

There is now plenty of research being done by genetics, DNA, and vaccines for autism. Around the world, scientists are looking for the causes of autism, to attempt to invent a vaccine to cure autism. They try to invent a vaccine to remedy or forestall autism. Genetics is a different story. Researchers are began to pain an image by how the chromosomes may be getting altered or mutated for the delivery of the toddler. Further discoveries may lead to something known as a gene check for autism. This would assist solely dad and mom and families, however would additionally speed up the pace of research for autism. There s not much about DNA, Genetics, or Vaccines known to cure or forestall autism or how it is caused in many youngsters. But, researches and scientists, I imagine, within the subsequent couple of years will find out.

Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, launched its inaugural Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy group, launched its inaugural Light It Up Blue campaign last year. To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2nd, distinguished buildings throughout North America and the world — together with the Empire State Building in New York City and the Sydney Opera House — will turn their lights blue to lift awareness for autism. By raising awareness, Autism-speaks may help raise money in helping households deal with and help their sibling a lot higher. Autism-speaks has walk-a-thons for serving to increase awareness. One essential issue and well the spine of this charity is giving for the finding of the cure. Donate as a lot cash as you’ll have the ability to to, each bit counts but before doing that; do you’re analysis and look into this charity; you’ll discover lots of nice info and truth about autism.

Autism-speaks has raised money for people, households, companies, and foundations – that combined contributed in extra of $50 million in 2010. People ought to care about this illness that has infect many young girls and boys as a result of it is a rising disease that has no treatment and plenty of young girls and boys are being diagnose everyday. This a untreatable illness. In conclusion, researchers and scientists are devoted to finding the explanation and causes behind autism.

They are all the time trying to transcend their knowledge in the medical world, to attempt to assist these autistic youngsters. New things are being found every day. Learning concerning the topic stays a continuous course of. In the longer term, there might be many new therapies, drugs, and different medicines and coverings hopefully within the subsequent couple of years to assist your youngster. Parents are actually the best teacher for his or her baby. Autism has been recognized to many youngsters within the final 12 months. Scientists feel there needs to be a reason why this illness occurs, particularly in infants. It might take months, years, or a century. But sometime we might be ready to overcome the autistic disorder. So most of all DONATE!!

Arguments in favor of a Renaissance

Arguments in favor of a Renaissance training:

Renaissance education taught people how to be innovative. Renaissance training had folks multi-tasking and doing completely different activities. You could know how to do different actions and be multi-talented it might help you later in life. Arguments in favor of a specialized education

Specialized schooling teaches you in one certain area of what you wish to do in life. You get specialised in a single thing so i doesn’t become too overwhelming for you. You would turn into actually good at what your specialized in since you keep doing the same thing time and again.

Personal Opinion: Education has been too specialized by educating people to do only one factor. What they get specialised in is what they’re going to do their whole life so we get educated in what we need to get specialised in.

Background Essay Questions

Renaissance means rebirth. During the Renaissance of the 1400s-1700s there were lots of artists and people had been wanting again at humanism The Middle Ages were darkish, there was violence, there was agriculture, folks were very non secular.

People started to make innovations which lead to schooling folks had been people started to be taught math and science.

Document A

The first artist is Duccio di Buoninsegna and it was printed within the late 1200s. The second artist is Leonardo da Vinci and was printed in the early 1500s. The Mona Lisa is a Renaissance portray.

The first portray is Religious. The second portray is extra realistic.

The work had been painted during completely different occasions one is Renaissance the opposite is Medieval. The two paintings present that, through the Renaissance, a man’s view of man was altering by portray extra realistic and being more colourful.

Document B

Everyman is the entire folks that comply with God. He starts to suppose sin is more serious.  The Heaven-King is God and the “general reckoning” is the judgment of what goes to happen to a person What Shakespeare implies that man is a bit of art that God created. Some of man’s qualities in accordance with Shakespeare is man is noble in purpose, infinite in school.

Document C

Everything revolves around the earth. The sun is past the moon, Mercury, and Venus.
Everything revolves around the sun.
It may of upset the church because it was a new concept.
It changed by individuals become more smart and began to check the universe

Document D

The second drawing is more realistic as a result of it reveals the muscle tissue and bones.
The zodiacs have been what believed to regulate your body and health.
He would possibly of thought that’s was ridiculous.
Vesalius dissected human bodies.
Man’s view modified how we take a glance at our physique and be extra sensible to as how it works.

Arguments Against Plastic Surgery

It isn’t a secret that the requirements of magnificence these days are rather strict and demanding. No matter what combatants against discrimination say, appearances that match the prevailing beauty requirements stay one of the crucial traits of a modern individual. People who’re discontent with their appearances have alternative ways of bettering the greatest way they give the impression of being, corresponding to makeup, clothes, or being in harmony with themselves. However, there is a extra radical different, which is efficient when it comes to altering the means in which a person seems like, but is highly debated and ought to be abstained from in the majority of instances: plastic surgery.

The foremost cause for not getting plastic surgery is that this procedure can become extremely addictive (Huffington Post). Although an individual might suppose they would do a single improvement, the temptation to keep “adjusting” one’s look can turn out to be overwhelming and lead to unpredictable and infrequently unhappy outcomes. The best examples of this are ladies like Cindy Jackson (who got fifty five plastic surgical procedures, which is a world record), or Jocelyn Wildenstein, who’s rumored to have spent about 4 million dollars on plastic surgical procedures.

The “before and after” pictures of her can be discovered online easily, so you can also make your conclusions trying on the outcomes of the quite a few plastic surgical procedures she has undergone. Janice Dickinson, Michael Jackson, Courtney Love, and different famous personalities who had undergone plastic surgeries can also be good examples of why this sort of surgery must be abstained from.

Plastic surgery does not solve the main drawback of the person who decides to endure it, which is being discontented along with his or her look.

Such a person ought to somewhat concentrate on solving his or her inner issues and should pay more consideration to what goes on within themselves quite than on the surface of their bodies (MindBodyGreen). In the case of an aging individual, it may be the concern of death or the feeling that they don’t have a youthful appearance anymore that causes them to vary their appearance. If a person is overweight, they should consider changing their food plan and life-style somewhat than doing liposuction. There can be a critical psychological dysfunction called dysmorphophobia—the main symptom is being severely unsatisfied with one’s look, body parts, or body as a whole. Anyways, visiting a psychologist or a psychotherapist could be more helpful and satisfying than having your face redesigned.

It is essential to keep in thoughts that plastic surgery is one thing that continues to be with you endlessly ( You cannot return to your natural look should you feel discontent with the surgical procedure. You must do another surgical procedure to look similar to your unique self or attempt to enhance on your previous cosmetic surgery. Moreover, should you attempt to sustain with style tendencies, you’ll lose the race, because tendencies change, and your appearance stays. What is natural is almost all the time better than the synthetic, and deep inside you will know that the way in which you used to look earlier than the surgery was higher. However, it’s necessary to tell apart between beauty and reconstructive surgery. In case of accidents, when a person’s look is ruined, reconstructive surgical procedure is certainly necessary and helpful.

Plastic surgery in its beauty aspect must be abstained from. Changing and improving one’s look can become addictive, so a person may feel a continuing need to endure surgical procedures; additionally, this desire is normally attributable to points with well-being, which a psychologist could help out with higher than a surgeon. You cannot undo plastic surgery, so once you undergo it, you may have to reside with it eternally. Be your self, and see the wonder you maintain naturally.

Arguments Against Euthanasia

Of all of the arguments in opposition to euthanasia, the most influential part is the slippery slope and as quickly as doctors or physicians have the proper to kill patients, we will not be able to restrict the killing to those that want to make suicide or die. There is a complicated definition term of euthanasia and assisted suicide or dying but the two terms are completely completely different. Euthanasia is the termination of a terminally unwell person’s life to relieve them from the struggling with deadly injection is administered by a health care provider or physician.

Euthanasia was first utilized by Greeks, who call it “Euthanatos”, which suggests “easy death” (“Ethics of euthanasia…”, 2014). While assisted suicide or dying is the act of helping another person kill themselves by offering them with the means to do so, by prescribing a lethal medication. Although many people declare that euthanasia was launched for a compelling trigger, it was first misused by the Nazi’s in Germany, who considerately applied euthanasia on harmless children and elderly people, by misleading them by saying that they have been being given routine medical check-ups at health camps.

Lethal injections or toxic fuel was given to those innocent individuals to kill them slowly and from that day ahead, euthanasia was closely misused by different nations. But, still many individuals want to legalize it, as they believe that, euthanasia is a method of offering a simple end of life to the terminally unwell folks. This only involves extra ache and struggling, which is unseen to the particular person committing euthanasia, however felt and experienced by the particular person, going through it and is unable to precise it.

Now, euthanasia has a legal standing in lots of countries including Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, Australia, Europe, and a few states in U.S.A like Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Washington DC. Therefore, euthanasia shouldn’t be legalized as a end result of it’s nothing lower than cold-blooded killings that violate governing laws, morals, social, psychological values of the medical world. To begin with the definition of the terms, euthanasia is normally taking to imply ‘mercy killing’ and is utilized to conditions the place the patient is suffering severely or is enduring a terminal illness. Euthanasia may be more helpfully be outlined as ‘the international killing by act or omission of an individual whose life is felt to be not value living’.

Secondly, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is a scenario where the doctor indirectly performs a deadly act, assisting the patient to terminate their very own life. In PAS, the doctor prescribes lethal treatment which the affected person swallows. In cases where the affected person can’t take the medicines, or the place the suicide attempt fails, the physician administers a lethal injection. There can be a voluntary euthanasia which refers to when the patient desires their life to be ended and makes persistent and durable requests where non-voluntary euthanasia is when the affected person lacks capability and has not requested to be euthanized. The final definitional time period is involuntary euthanasia, the place a mentally competent individual or patient is not consulted and arguably their life is ended in opposition to their own will. First, a strong ethical argument in opposition to using euthanasia is that it might soon become a slippery slope as a outcome of it results in involuntary euthanasia and killing of people who find themselves thought undesirable or might not be in a person’s greatest pursuits.

With the legalization of involuntary euthanasia following it, Lord Walton, the chairman of a House of Lords committee on medical ethics wanting into euthanasia spoke on the topic: “We concluded that it was just about inconceivable to guarantee that all acts of euthanasia were truly voluntary and that any liberalization of the legislation within the United Kingdom couldn’t be abused.’ Since involuntary euthanasia is indistinct from murder it would be inconceivable to regulate, causing the hazard of murderers not being dropped at justice, as a outcome of their crimes being handed off as involuntary euthanasia. There can also be concern that doctors might end up killing very sick patients with out asking for his or her permission, and within the worst-case state of affairs, start to kill off patients to release beds in hospitals, or to economize. These conditions present how dangerous it might be to let the legalization of euthanasia result in the legalization of involuntary euthanasia. This situation seems excessive, but we should always remember that concepts that have been first thought inconceivable and unthinkable can quickly turn into acceptable.

Let’s take the example of Belgium, sixteen years ago after the legalization of euthanasia, the law was then amended to allow euthanasia for children with incurable illnesses, no matter their age. This is the top homicide committed on human life who are essentially the most vulnerable that must be cared and guarded in opposition to deliberately taking the life of a child. If euthanasia or assisted suicide is legalized, we will be led down a slippery slope towards pervasive medical killings, endangering susceptible populations like disabled, elderly, minority, or poor people whose lives are a burden on society. Starting with Hippocratic Oath, the medical skilled code prohibits killing, holding the intrinsic value of human life and dignity above all different moral principles. Assisted suicide and/or euthanasia erodes the doctor-patient relationship and has the grave potential for misuse and abuse. Therefore, legalization would undermine the patient-physician relationship and the trust essential to maintain it; alter medial professions role in society; and endanger the worth our society locations on life, especially on the lives of disabled, incompetent, and susceptible people. Secondly, euthanasia is unnecessary when correct palliative care is on the market. Allowing euthanasia will result in much less protected care for the terminally sick persons.

Moreover, legalizing will discourage the seek for new cures and advanced treatment for the terminally sick patients and additional undermines the motives to offer diligent look after the dying, and ache aid. Currently, terminally sick sufferers are given drugs and other forms of support to help relieve the physical ache and mental effects of being terminally sick. If this palliative care is competent then it could possibly relieve the affected person of a lot of pain and discomfort and will give the affected person a better high quality of life. It has been said by the World Health Organization that “palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a standard process; it neither hastens nor postpones dying; it provides reduction from pain and suffering; it integrates the psychological and religious aspects of the patient.’ Effective palliative care will give the affected person and their beloved one’s chances to spend quality time collectively and will permit the affected person to reside the remaining a part of their lives with hope to get cure and pain removed as attainable by the unstoppable medical doctors and the rising technology to innovate a solution cure for the terminally diseases. However, some argue that euthanasia is the right alternative for the terminally sick patients and imagine that a discount within the availability of palliative care, as euthanasia is more cost-effective than prolonging the life of dying sufferers by providing palliative care.

This could expose weak folks to strain to finish their life because of they’re may be selfish families or terminally sick sufferers whose households abandon could feel euthanasia is the one resolution. If the ache is treated effectively, there isn’t any have to terminate the patient’s life as if the affected person were the issue to be eradicated. Fortunately, advance medical expertise has made it possible to boost human lifespan and high quality of life. Palliative and care and rehabilitation facilities are higher alternate options to assist disabled or sufferers approaching demise life in a pain-free and better life. For old and invalid individuals nothing can deliver a change except that they’re blessed with a brand new life which is not humanly potential in any method so voluntary euthanasia must be allowed to those old and unwell who have no hope for any know-how or medicine to cure them. God only is aware of when a life will end who are we to end a life pondering it to have reached its finish.Thirdly, euthanasia is bad due to the sanctity of human life that is to be valued, regardless of age, intercourse, race, religion, social standing or their potential for achievement. Most of the non secular group particularly Islam, Jews, Hinduism, and Christianity goes against euthanasia as a outcome of it violates the principle that life is given by God. Human life is a sacred and a present from God and subsequently taking a life deliberately should be prohibited except only in self-legitimate protection of private life or protecting other human life from hazard. For instance, the philosopher Immanuel Kant mentioned that rational human beings ought to be handled as an finish in themselves and not to one thing else. This signifies that we shouldn’t deal with other folks to our personal ends simply because it seems the simplest method of placing an finish to our struggling.

Many physicians do not want to have God-like energy over others, and they shouldn’t be pressured against their own convictions, to help in patient’s suicide. Almost all spiritual beliefs, understanding the worth of human life leads away from mercy killings and human life is a God’s gift to us and due to this fact sanctity of human life are subsequently strong restrictions on the taking of life. The affected by pain is a half of all non secular life and part of the general human experience in a fallen world. Hence, bodily and emotional pain can not finally be avoided and be challenged to take care of hope and perseverance in all situations. All human life, whether or not in the womb or outside, is a sacred and God-given price such that mercy killing(euthanizing) is morally impermissible. The notion of sacred life lays behind almost all faiths or religious teaching on the problem of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. Everyone has private rights to determine to stay or give-up life. By saying this we’re permitting suicides in society. If suicide just isn’t taken as a good act then how can we take euthanasia on good terms? People usually are not allowed to take their very own lives in their arms. Life is bestowed upon us by God almighty and however painful it’s all of us have to live via it that’s part of cut price where there are good instances there are dangerous occasions as nicely.Euthanasia turns into a means of health care cost containment and by legalizing will start utilizing it for his or her profit.

Old, senile people who are difficult to be taken care off will be put for euthanasia to assist their households save money by paying their hospital payments. For occasion, disable, irregular, mentally retarded infants or youngsters shall be given off by parents for mercy killing to ease the struggling of the child as properly as to save the household from the burden of the child’s therapy costs. In addition, insurance coverage corporations to get off a heavily insured terminally sick affected person could be in favor of euthanasia in order that they don’t should pay for that individual unlimited hospital payments. Euthanasia will also become non-voluntary because Organizations working for organ transplantation will play a vital function in placing folks to euthanasia to get their organs for transplantation. People who won’t voluntarily wish to die no matter their illnesses would also be given for euthanasia to obtain their wholesome organs. People in favor of euthanasia often say that voluntary euthanasia won’t result in involuntary euthanasia however many occasions there are particular instances the place we can’t choose things as clearly as they appear to be for example if a affected person is just too old to know and hear to what an individual is asking for how can he be taken as a sensible particular person when he’s requested his consent for euthanasia .Moreover, if ladies going through depression is being encouraged to commit suicide and some doctor is assigned to make up her thoughts for it then how can we decide whether or not it was a voluntary euthanasia out of the ladies own will or something which she was inspired to do y her practitioner.

There will be unlimited problems if euthanasia will be legalized in any of its varieties.In the previous proponents of euthanasia are inclined to argue on the grounds of compassion. Under this line of argument, it’s kinder to provide somebody with a method of ending their life and even actively killing them when there is no approach to relieve bodily struggling. However, as palliative and social care improve, this argument becomes less necessary. It can also be increasingly clear hospice professionals that suffering turns into less necessary. It is also more and more clear from hospice professionals that struggling can have a number of dimensions, many of which could be relieved, as an example, via the restoration of a relationship. Interestingly, the drawbacks of healthcare providers find themselves in a more sophisticated state of affairs. They need to speculate more in their sufferers, and communication is time-consuming. The healthcare system is mostly primarily based on treating the illness, however at the end of life the paradigm shifts from the illness to the patient, and the patient is on the center of care.

Euthanasia or assisted suicide is morally incorrect and must be forbidden by law. It’s a murder and murdering another human cannot be rational underneath any circumstance. Most importantly, human life deserves exceptional safety and safety. Even medical doctors can not predict firmly concerning the period of death and whether or not there’s a possibility of remission or recovery with different advanced treatments. So, implementing euthanasia would imply many unlawful deaths that might have well survived later. Legalizing the euthanasia or assisted suicide legislation would be like empowering regulation abusers and increasing mistrust of sufferers towards doctors. Also, relations influencing the patient’s choice into euthanasia for private positive aspects like wealth inheritance is another problem, and there’s no means you may be certain if the choice in direction of assisted suicide or euthanasia is voluntary or compelled by others. In addition, the legislation thus opens the door for bodily healthy individuals to ask to end their lives because they may be bored with life. Does an individual who finds no meaning in life undergo unbearably? It would be tough, virtually inconceivable, for an evaluation committee to judge whether or not the factors for euthanasia are satisfied if the symptoms cannot be interpreted within the context of the bodily condition. Furthermore, euthanizing terminally unwell people or killing people earlier would otherwise happen and thereby to artificially get rid of their possibilities of residing to experience a remedy to their situation. At the very least, if not a remedy, euthanized persons are not round to profit from any step-forward in remedy that might alleviate their suffering.

In addition, given the fashionable advances in palliative care, it might also be argued that finish of life care isn’t any so superior that euthanasia just isn’t necessary to avoid suffering and so can’t be justified even on the standard of life grounds. It could be thought plausible that an individual with a severe and worsening illness who is not euthanized could have their condition and ache carefully managed by expert healthcare professionals to tremendously diminish any struggling. Above from the above causes, there are some aspects where there is a higher possibility of euthanasia being mishandled. How would one assess whether dysfunction of psychological nature qualifies mercy killing? What if the ache threshold is beneath optimum and the patient perceives the circumstances to be not worthy of living? How would one know whether or not they want to die is the end result of unbalanced thought process or a logical decision in mentally sick patients? What if the person chooses euthanasia or assisted suicide as an possibility and the family wouldn’t agree? Alternative treatments are available, corresponding to palliative care and hospices.  We wouldn’t have to kill the affected person to kill the symptoms.  Nearly all pain could be relieved. There is no ‘right’ to be killed and there are real risks of ‘slippery slopes’. Opening the doors to voluntary euthanasia may lead to non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, by giving docs the facility to determine when a patient’s life isn’t worth dwelling. In the Netherlands in 1990 round 1,000 patients had been killed without their request.  We might by no means really control it.

Reports from the Netherlands, the place euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are authorized, reveal that doctors don’t all the time report it. The assumption that patients should have a proper to die would impose on medical doctors a duty to kill, thus proscribing the autonomy of the doctor. Also, a ‘right to die’ for some people may well turn out to be a ‘duty to die’ by others, significantly those who are vulnerable or dependent upon others. In conclusion, euthanasia ought to never be legalized. Even voluntarily permitting to die shouldn’t be permitted as a outcome of it’ll elevate many points in the society. People will do it openly for their very own benefits disregarding the ethical values of the society. Human beings might be handled as mere means and all those who are a legal responsibility on their family members or households might be put to euthanasia whatever the truth if they want it or not. Human life will be at stake.

The value and sanctity of life will lose its importance. Even if someone needs for it they need to hold their hopes in God and should keep on residing as this suffering will be rewarded within the life after. Moreover, one by no means is conscious of when a model new remedy could additionally be available to cure a terminal sickness. As so many earlier untreatable ailments have a therapy these days.

Arguments Against Mandatory Voting

Popular participation is usually cited as one of the basic ideas of democracy. The right to vote being a freedom that has, and continues to be, wanted by folks all round the world. Despite the value of many political systems’ movement towards universal suffrage, the few nations that have confused the best to vote, with a requirement to, have arguably deteriorated the importance of this achievement. Australia is a part of a substantial minority that implement compulsory voting laws, and of a good smaller subset that implement them.

Although the proponents of obligatory voting will be considered, the incompatibility of compulsory voting with implied freedoms, with broad theories of democracy and the general inefficacy of manufacturing a extra engaged public, serve as perspectives that substantiate the notion that voting should not be obligatory in Australia.

The Australian Constitution raises numerous questions concerning the constitutional validity of mandatory voting. Given this evaluation of an issue so pertinent to political rights, the implications of those challenges coming from a supply as authoritative as this can’t be understated.

The existence of a legal responsibility to vote could be perceived as incongruous with the implied freedom of political communication that was proved in Australian Capital TV v Commonwealth 1992 and recognised ever since. This inconsistency extends to the right to vote being proved as an implicit proper in s7 and s24 of the Constitution, which, as reported by Dr. Anthony Gray, is an entitlement to vote that includes the freedom not to. Whilst advocates for the present system of compulsion might contend that voting is a civic obligation, such reasoning could be seen as unconvincing as it fails to acknowledge that abstention is a perfectly legitimate type of political expression.

Through an evaluation of obligatory voting from a wider democratic perspective, the concept that compulsion is an infringement of free will becomes increasingly apparent. In addition to the plain paradox that a democratic country forces its constituents to vote, a truly free nation should allow for the demonstration of dissatisfaction and make provisions for a refusal to establish political views.

Although commentators in favour of compulsion could assert that the flexibility to provide an informal or ‘donkey’ vote facilitates this, the inefficiencies these contribute to in addition to its inherent irrationality, given they are discounted, are persuasive arguments against such an opinion. Moreover, although there is a sure degree of legitimacy in the declare that obligatory voting serves to augment the democratic ideals of equality and participation, compelling a person to vote is in the end, according to tutorial Katherine Swenson, antithetical to the idea of individual freedom.

A common belief maintained by supporters of compulsory voting is that it creates a extra politically active voters. Whilst in concept that is conceivable, its practical limitations make the alleviation of indifference a distant reality. In support of this, a 2007 experiment conducted by Peter Loewen et al. in a Quebec election discovered that required voting had “little or no effect” on the knowledge and engagement of its members. In the Australian context, regardless of the belief that the issue of participation is solved by necessary legal guidelines, in the final election around one-fifth of eligible Australians failed to solid a usable vote. It is argued that candidates and parties rely on these legal guidelines to get voters to the ballot.

If that is the case, perhaps the answer is to abandon compulsory voting and thus drive parties to organically incite a politically active populace via attractive and revolutionary insurance policies. The dichotomy of democracy is that it demands both particular person freedoms and equality. A great problem of recent politics has been the flexibility to strike a balance between these paradigms, and to determine at what point one have to be truncated to boost the other. Through an analysis of obligatory voting through a constitutional, democratic and sensible context, it has turn out to be clear that such a regime has no place in a society that strives to exist as an epitome of democracy. The time has now come for Australia to abandon its paternalistic voting legal guidelines and entrust its political future with the voluntary voice of the Australian public, and not in a bit of laws that commands it to speak.


1. Chong, D, Davidson, S & Fry, T 2005, ‘It’s an Evil Thing to Oblige People to Vote’, Policy (St Leonard’s NSW), vol. 21 no. four, pp. 10-16.

2.Gray, A 2012, ‘The Constitutionality of Australia’s Compulsory Voting System’, Australian Journal of Politics & History, vol. fifty eight, no. 4, pp. 591-608.

3.Hoffman, R & Lazaridis, D 2013, ‘The Limits of Compulsion: Demographic Influences on Voter Turnout in Australian State Elections’, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 28-43.

4.Krishna, V & Morgan, J 2012, ‘Voluntary voting: Costs and benefits’, Journal of Economic Theory, vol. 147, no. 6, pp. 2083-2123.

5.Lever, A 2010, ‘Compulsory Voting: A Critical Perspective’, British Journal of Political Science, vol. 40, no. four, pp. 897-915.

6.Loewen, PJ, Milner, H & Hicks, BM 2008, ‘Does Compulsory Voting Lead to More Informed and Engaged Citizens? An Experimental Test’, Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 655-672.

7.Singh, S 2011, ‘How Compelling is Compulsory Voting? A Multilevel Analysis of Turnout’, Political Behaviour, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 95-111.

8.Swenson, KM 2007, ‘Sticks, carrots, donkey votes, and true choice: a rationale for abolishing obligatory voting in Australia’, Minnesota Journal of International Law, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 525-552.

Gordon, SB & Gary MS 1997, ‘Cross-National Variation in the Political Sophistication of Individuals: Capability or Choice?’, Journal of Politics, vol. 59, no. ?, pp. 126-147.

Hooghe, M & Koen,P 1998, ‘Compulsory Voting in Belgium: an Application of the Lijphart Thesis’, Electoral Studies vol. 17?, no. ?, pp.419-424.

Arguments Against Mandatory Voting

Popular participation is often cited as one of the fundamental principles of democracy. The right to vote being a freedom that has, and continues to be, sought after by people all over the world. Despite the value of many political systems’ movement toward universal suffrage, the few countries that have confused the right to vote, with a requirement to, have arguably deteriorated the significance of this achievement. Australia is part of a considerable minority that implement obligatory voting laws, and of an even smaller subset that enforce them. Although the proponents of mandatory voting will be considered, the incompatibility of compulsory voting with implied freedoms, with broad theories of democracy and the overall inefficacy of producing a more engaged public, serve as perspectives that substantiate the notion that voting should no longer be compulsory in Australia.

The Australian Constitution raises a number of questions about the constitutional validity of mandatory voting. Given this evaluation of an issue so pertinent to political rights, the implications of these challenges coming from a source as authoritative as this cannot be understated. The existence of a legal responsibility to vote can be perceived as incongruous with the implied freedom of political communication that was proved in Australian Capital TV v Commonwealth 1992 and recognised ever since. This inconsistency extends to the right to vote being proved as an implicit right in s7 and s24 of the Constitution, which, as reported by Dr. Anthony Gray, is an entitlement to vote that includes the freedom not to. Whilst advocates for the current system of compulsion may contend that voting is a civic duty, such reasoning can be seen as unconvincing as it fails to acknowledge that abstention is a perfectly valid form of political expression.

Through an analysis of mandatory voting from a wider democratic perspective, the idea that compulsion is an infringement of free will becomes increasingly apparent. In addition to the obvious paradox that a democratic country forces its constituents to vote, a truly free nation should allow for the demonstration of dissatisfaction and make provisions for a refusal to identify political beliefs.

Although commentators in favour of compulsion may assert that the ability to provide an informal or ‘donkey’ vote facilitates this, the inefficiencies these contribute to as well as its inherent irrationality, given they are discounted, are persuasive arguments against such an opinion. Moreover, although there is a certain degree of legitimacy in the claim that obligatory voting serves to augment the democratic ideals of equality and participation, compelling a person to vote is ultimately, according to academic Katherine Swenson, antithetical to the concept of individual freedom.

A common belief maintained by supporters of compulsory voting is that it creates a more politically active electorate. Whilst in theory this is conceivable, its practical limitations make the alleviation of indifference a distant reality. In support of this, a 2007 experiment conducted by Peter Loewen et al. in a Quebec election found that required voting had “little or no effect” on the knowledge and engagement of its participants. In the Australian context, despite the assumption that the problem of participation is solved by mandatory laws, in the last election around one-fifth of eligible Australians failed to cast a usable vote. It is argued that candidates and parties rely on these laws to get voters to the ballot.

If this is the case, perhaps the solution is to abandon compulsory voting and thus force parties to organically incite a politically active populace through enticing and innovative policies. The dichotomy of democracy is that it demands both individual freedoms and equality. A great difficulty of modern politics has been the ability to strike a balance between these paradigms, and to determine at what point one must be truncated to enhance the other. Through an analysis of compulsory voting through a constitutional, democratic and practical context, it has become clear that such a regime has no place in a society that strives to exist as an epitome of democracy. The time has now come for Australia to abandon its paternalistic voting laws and entrust its political future with the voluntary voice of the Australian public, and not in a piece of legislation that commands it to speak.


1. Chong, D, Davidson, S & Fry, T 2005, ‘It’s an Evil Thing to Oblige People to Vote’, Policy (St Leonard’s NSW), vol. 21 no. 4, pp. 10-16.

2.Gray, A 2012, ‘The Constitutionality of Australia’s Compulsory Voting System’, Australian Journal of Politics & History, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 591-608.

3.Hoffman, R & Lazaridis, D 2013, ‘The Limits of Compulsion: Demographic Influences on Voter Turnout in Australian State Elections’, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 28-43.

4.Krishna, V & Morgan, J 2012, ‘Voluntary voting: Costs and benefits’, Journal of Economic Theory, vol. 147, no. 6, pp. 2083-2123.

5.Lever, A 2010, ‘Compulsory Voting: A Critical Perspective’, British Journal of Political Science, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 897-915.

6.Loewen, PJ, Milner, H & Hicks, BM 2008, ‘Does Compulsory Voting Lead to More Informed and Engaged Citizens? An Experimental Test’, Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 655-672.

7.Singh, S 2011, ‘How Compelling is Compulsory Voting? A Multilevel Analysis of Turnout’, Political Behaviour, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 95-111.

8.Swenson, KM 2007, ‘Sticks, carrots, donkey votes, and true choice: a rationale for abolishing compulsory voting in Australia’, Minnesota Journal of International Law, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 525-552.

Gordon, SB & Gary MS 1997, ‘Cross-National Variation in the Political Sophistication of Individuals: Capability or Choice?’, Journal of Politics, vol. 59, no. ?, pp. 126-147.

Hooghe, M & Koen,P 1998, ‘Compulsory Voting in Belgium: an Application of the Lijphart Thesis’, Electoral Studies vol. 17?, no. ?, pp.419-424.

Differences and Similarities in the Arguments for Legalizing Marijuana

Differences and Similarities in the Arguments for Legalizing Marijuana The legalization of marijuana has become a mainstream issue that the nation has become highly concerned about in recent years. Lately more and more conservative opposers have begun to change their minds, realizing the benefits of marijuana. Debate followers go as far as saying that it is no longer a question of if marijuana will be legalized, but when. The shift in viewpoints is due to the increasing awareness of some of the positive effects legalizing marijuana could have on the country. Pro-legalization advocates argue that the benefits of legalizing marijuana greatly outnumber the benefits of keeping it illegal.

There are several, very different arguments for the pro-pot stance advocates have taken. They claim legalization would be beneficial by causing a significant reduction in crime (which would empty prisons and save millions of dollars in tax money), creating a new industry that can be taxed and regulated, boosting the economy, and a new, effective, and low-dependency medicine. These benefits seem to be universally desired by the pro-pot party and are often mentioned in literature advocating marijuana legalization. Another similarity in arguments usually revolves around the issue of medical marijuana. Some advocates call for marijuana to be completely legalized, including use for recreational purposes, but this is opposed in most cases. Some advocates only want marijuana legalization if there will be strict regulations and restrictions on who can use it.

In the article “Weed All About It,” Gary Cartwright gives ample evidence and quotations from experts that form his pro legalization argument: “In 1988 the Drug Enforcement Administration’s chief law judge declared that ‘marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest  therapeutically active substances known to man’” (87). Cartwright goes into specific ways that legalization of marijuana could benefit the country, including the economical and societal impacts, and medicinal use. He also addresses questions most advocates ten to shy away from because of the lack of certainty in the answer (like, “Would marijuana use increase if it was legalized?”).

One similarity of Cartwright’s stance and other articles is the the claim that prohibiting the use of marijuana is unconstitutionally, and making the government seem like the bad guy. In “Medical Marijuana 2010: It’s Time to Fix the Regulatory Vacuum,” Peter Cohen claims that restricting doctors from recommending marijuana to alleviate symptoms is a violation of free speech and that “science, not ideology, should be dispositive” (3). Cohen continues to set up the government as the villain by describing two seemingly non-coincidental events in which fullyfunded teams of qualified scientists were denied access o marijuana by the DEA, while simultaneously being supported by a long list of research organizations

An argument in the article, “Obama, the Fourteenth Amendment and the Drug War,” by Martin D. Carcie uses the Constitution as the backbone in justifying its position. According to Carcie, marijuana prohibition directly violates our Fourteenth Amendment, “under the Fourteenth Amendment, bodily autonomy– i.e., the control over the borders and contents of one’s body burdened by laws like marijuana prohibition–is a fundamental right” (308). Cartwright does not explicitly mention the Constitution in his article, but makes the same claim that Cohen and Carcie make; “Some people will use drugs no matter what the consequences, but…the user primarily harms himself. When he harms others, we do something about it, just as we arrest those who drink and drive” (Cartwright 88). Cartwright also builds the government up to be the villain, claiming that, “Over time, law enforcement officials have repeatedly misled the public and the media about the so=called scourge of drugs” (Cartwright 88).

Both authors do this to give the reader the ability to look at the article with a blank slate. They know their audience is anti-legalization, so they want to make sure that the readers know, before they choose a stance, they’ve been lied to. This makes the authors seem like more trustworthy and rational choice. By using the Constitution to back up their arguments, there is no real way to justify anti-legalization. Assumptions will be made that you’re anti-Constitution, and in turn, anti-American. Another similarity between Cartwright’s stance and other arguments for marijuana legalization is the huge emphasis on the effects it will have on the economy. In the article “Up In Smoke,” Kelley Beaucar Vlahos describes the economic benefits of legalization, while giving real number estimates of how much revenue could be brought in or saved. She writes, “Proponents of Prop 19 claimed taxes on legalized cannabis could bring upwards of $1.4 billion into beleaguered state coffers” (Vlahos 18).

Cartwright does this in his article as well, stating that “In America, we spend nearly $8 billion trying to enforce the laws prohibiting the use and possesson of marijuana” (Cartwright 86). Cartwright further supports this argument by providing more proof of the waste of taxpayers’ dollars, stating that “in Texas, 97 percent of all marijuana arrests are for simple possession–an ounce or less–at a cost to taxpayers of $480 million a year” (86). Cartwright chooses to provide the reader with these statistics for deliberate reasons: it provides a shock factor that he utilizes to sway the reader’s opinions. Vlahos also uses this same technique by including several statistics. This is much more effective than giving ambiguous amounts, like “a lot or “millions” because giving an exact estimate shows that there has been a significant amount of research about the economic benefits of marijuana, making the

reader more likely to trust the numbers. By using the phrase “simple possession,” Cartwright builds up the worth of the money spent by making it seem like possession is harmless, forcing the reader to feel indignant. The authors also choose to talk about the economy because it is the highest concern of the counrty right now, and they present marijuana as an instant solution. The argument for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Cohen’s article is consisten with Cartwright’s article as well.

Cohen’s article is mainly about the benefits of marijuana as a medicine. In the article, he disproves the government’s claim that marijuana has no therapeutic value and describes specific symptoms marijuana could help with, “Several studies published…have demonstrated that the drug is sage and effective in controlling nausea and other adverse effects of chemotherapy, relieving multiple sclerosis-induced spasticity, easing certain types of pain, and ameliorating weight loss accompanying AIDS” (Cohen 657). Cartwright does the same thing using more of an emotional technique by describing a group of people in wheelchairs that use marijuana for relief from pain. Both articles advocate for medical marijuana, but the way they go about making their arguments differ.

Cohen approaches the topic of medical marijuana more scientifically than Cartwright does, using several studies and scientific evidence as his argument’s support. Cohen is also much more specific in the particular ways marijuana can be used, and provides suggestions on how to regulate the drug. The reader automatically feels sympathy for the people in wheelchairs and they become victims in the reader’s mind. Cartwright also gives a second example of a quadriplegic man that was thrown into jail for possession without regard for his medical needs, further establishing a feeling of empathy from his audience. Cohen uses such an ample amount of hard evidence it’s impossible not to trust him. By doing this, Cohen reaches out to his specific audience, the American Medical Association, in a much more effective way.

The topic of marijuana legalization is very complex. The multiple points of views, though sharing the same goal, differ regarding how to succeed at accomplishing those goals and for what purpose. Through the different means that each of these authors use to convey their message, they all, in the end, support their individual arguments effectively.

Three arguments

Word critical argument analysis essay, focuses on three professional essays and how these authors construct their arguments using opinion and evidence.

There are many different ways in which authors can construct their arguments. In the highly controversial topic of legalizing marijuana I found three very different styles of arguments in which the authors backed up their opinions with facts. In my reading of these arguments each writer had there own style. The first essay by Stephen B. Duke, Cannabis Captiva Freeing the World from Marijuana Prohibition, the second Medical marijuana laws in 50 states: Investigating the relationship between state legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana use, abuse and dependence, and the third Poll: Nationwide Marijuana Legalization Inevitable, each essay had a different way in proving there arguments. The authors all used the same tactics in persuading the audience. Arguing why marijuana should be legalized. In the first Essay written by Stephen B. Duke, Cannabis Captiva Freeing the World from Marijuana Prohibition, the author provides you with historical facts to back up his argument.

He starts with how marijuana was used daily in certain cultures and goes through time showing that government abolishment is impossible. He states that government regulating the drug is possible specifically if the ban is lifted. In this argument it shows that the abolishment of alcohol only brought violence, crime and criminal organizations. In this essay it states that in the United States, large criminal organizations maintained by violence and bribery increasingly control the networks that distribute marijuana. By ultimately legalizing alcohol the government could control who it was sold to and the consumer could also rely on the quality of the liquor. By comparing marijuana with alcohol he argued that by abolishing marijuana only causes more problems and creates no way of containment. If marijuana was legalized the government could create sanctions and put control in there hands, creating no need for organized crime. The author used facts in history to support his argument.

In this essay, Medical marijuana laws in 50 states: Investigating the relationship between state legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana use, abuse and dependence, the authors took a survey taken by individuals who lived in states where marijuana was legal and residents of states where marijuana was illegal. Cerda (2011)” We combined abuse and dependence into one outcome, since empirical findings indicate that it better captures the underlying prevalence of cannabis use disorders than dependence or abuse alone. While substance use disorders were originally conceived as a bi-axial syndrome with dependence capturing more physiologic dimensions of addiction and abuse capturing more behavioral consequences, there is now substantial evidence to indicate that abuse and dependence criteria, including cannabis use disorder criteria, represent a uni-dimensional construct” (para. 10). In this argumentative essay the writer takes the results of the survey and concludes that there is a strong relationship between use, abuse and dependence in states that have made marijuana legal. This argument shows that by keeping it illegal there are less people who use, abuse and become dependent on it. The author used a survey in which took results of states where marijuana was legal and where marijuana was illegal to support his argument.

In the article, Poll: Nationwide Marijuana Legalization Inevitable, the author doesn’t argue a side either for or against marijuana. This article gives the results of a survey taken nationwide regarding marijuana. According to Kwtx (2014) ‘The telephone survey found that 75 percent of respondents — including majorities of both supporters and opponents of legal marijuana— think that the sale and use of pot eventually will be legal nationwide.”(para. 4) In conclusion he states that the results reflect nationwide marijuana legalization is inevitable. Without picking a side he concluded a survey of what people think will happen in the future either for or against its legalization. Although the poll didn’t reflect the fact that full legalization of marijuana is or isn’t wanted it shows you three fourths of a majority think it is inevitable that it will be legalized. This author used a survey without having an argument to support his article.

Duke, S. B. (2010). Cannabis captiva: Freeing the world from marijuana prohibition. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 11(2), 83-90. Retrieved from Cerda, m. (2011). Science direct. Retrieved from KWTX. (2014). Retrieved from–Legalization-Of-Pot-Nationwide-Is-Inevitable-253584841.html

Great Divergence primary themes and main arguments by Timothy Noah

Great Divergence: primary themes and main arguments by Timothy Noah


       The most striking change in American society in the past generation roughly since Ronald Reagan was elected President has been the increase in the inequality of income and wealth. Timothy Noah’s “The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It”, a good general guide to the subject, tells us that in 1979 members of the much discussed “one per cent” got nine per cent of all personal income. Now they get a quarter of it. The gains have increased the farther up you go. The top tenth of one per cent get about ten per cent of income, and the top hundredth of one per cent about five per cent. While the Great Recession was felt most severely by those at the bottom, the recovery has hardly benefitted them. In 2010, ninety-three per cent of the year’s gains went to the top one per cent.

       Since rich people are poorer in votes than they are in dollars, you’d think that, in an election year, the ninety-nine per cent would look to politics to get back some of what they’ve lost, and that inequality would be a big issue. So far, it hasn’t been. Occupy Wall Street and its companion movements briefly spurred President Obama to become more populist in his rhetoric, but there’s no sign that Occupy is going to turn into the kind of political force that the Tea Party movement has been. There was a period during the Republican primary campaign when Romney rivals like Newt Gingrich tried to take votes from the front-runner by bashing Wall Street and private equity, but that didn’t last long, either. Politics does feel sour and contentious in ways that seem to flow from the country’s economic distress. Yet much of the ambient discontent is directed toward government the government that kept the recession from turning into a depression. Why isn’t politics about what you’d expect it to be about?

       Traditionally, class figured less in politics in America than in most other Western countries, supposedly because the United States, though more economically unequal, and rougher in tone, was more socially equal, more diverse, more democratic, and better at giving ordinary people the opportunity to rise. That’s what Alexis de Tocqueville found in the eighteen-thirties, and the argument has had staying power. It has also been wearing thin. During the five decades from 1930 to 1980, economic inequality decreased significantly, without imperiling “American exceptionalism.” So it’s especially hard to put a good face on the way inequality has soared in the decades since. Even if you think that all a good society requires is according to the debatable conservative mantra equal opportunity for every citizen, you ought to be a little shaken right now. Opportunity is increasingly tied to education, and educational performance is tied to income and wealth, when it comes to social mobility between generations, the United States ranks near the bottom of developed nations.

       Noah writes from what might be called a neo-progressive standpoint. Like the original progressives, he seeks to blend an emotional and moral commitment to the causes of the left with the intellectual rigor of the best available economic and social science research. As in the case of the original progressives, the result is a powerful, if sometimes flawed, perspective that is likely to influence the course of American debates on issues of economic policy and justice. Noah’s central contention is that government policy can and should do more to reverse the trend toward greater income inequality that has developed in the United States since 1979. Some of his policy prescriptions, such as substituting carbon taxes and value-added taxes for the deeply regressive payroll tax, could win bipartisan support; others would have to await much larger Democratic majorities than currently exist in Congress. Still, although the analysis in this relatively short and very accessible book is necessarily incomplete, and some of its contentions are more powerfully stated than convincingly argued, The Great Divergence is an excellent guide to the emerging center-left economic policy consensus likely to inform Democratic Party thinking and policymaking for some time to come.

       In “The Great Divergence,” the journalist Timothy Noah gives us as fair and comprehensive a summary as we are likely to get of what economists have learned about our growing inequality. Noah is concerned about why inequality has widened so markedly over the last three to four decades, what it means for American society and what the country can and, he argues, urgently should do about it. As he makes clear, what has mostly grown is the gap between those at the top and those in the middle. The principal influences on inequality that Noah examines include the failure of America’s schools to keep pace with the step-up in skills that advancing technology demands from our labor force; America’s skewed immigration policy, which inadvertently brings in more unskilled than skilled immigrants and thereby subjects already lower-income workers to greater competition for jobs; rising competition with China, India and other low-wage countries, as changing technology enables Americans to buy ever more goods and even services produced overseas; the failure of the federally mandated minimum wage to keep up with inflation; the decline of labor unions, especially among employees of private-sector firms; and what he sees as an anti-worker and anti-poor attitude among American politicians in general and Republicans in particular. Along the way, he enlivens what might otherwise be a dry recounting of research findings with fast-paced historical vignettes featuring colorful characters like the novelist Horatio Alger, the labor leader Walter Reuther and the business lobbyist Bryce Harlow.

       What’s to blame, then, for America’s widening inequality? Leaving aside the politicians, Noah reviews economic research supporting the familiar hypotheses. Indeed, each of them is probably part of the explanation. But the goal of research in a policy-oriented inquiry like this one is quantitative establishing just how much of the explanation to assign to separate influences one by one, even if all of them contribute to the story. We want not merely to portion out the blame but to know what to do, and different explanations call for different remedies. It would make little sense, for example, to invest huge sums in reforming K-12 education and reducing the cost of college if the mismatch between graduates’ skills and what the economy requires accounts for only a small part of the problem. By contrast, if my Harvard colleagues Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz are right that education is the core of the issue (Noah draws extensively on their recent research, especially their aptly titled book “The Race Between Education and Technology”), then what and how we teach young Americans should be at the top of the agenda.

       It is not Noah’s fault that economic research has yet to reach consensus on how much of the blame for inequality to place on which explanation, and it is to his credit that he does not try to portray a consensus that is not there. His summary of what we know from the relevant research is faithful to what the researchers have found. Part of the problem here, which “The Great Divergence” also accurately conveys, is the tension inherent in concentrating on the American facet of a worldwide phenomenon. As Noah makes clear, inequality is increasing almost everywhere in the industrialized and postindustrial world, even if the increase has been much greater in the United States. We need to know how much weight to give to America-centric explanations like the shortcomings of our schools or our immigration system or the demise of unions. But to understand a global trend, we would like a more universal explanation.

       Noah’s own explanation is, in effect, “all of the above,” and his policy recommendation is therefore to take action on all fronts. His chief concern is the fear that ever widening inequality will undermine our democracy: “Americans believe fervently in the value of social equality, and social equality is at risk when incomes become too dramatically unequal growing income inequality makes it especially difficult to maintain any spirit of e pluribus unum.” He rightly emphasizes that while the potential for individuals to move up is essential to what makes inequality acceptable, at least to most Americans, economic mobility in the United States is now more limited than it appears to have been in earlier times and contrary to the popular image more limited than in many other countries. (It also matters that in America today incomes are becoming more unequal at the same time that most families’ incomes have been stagnant for more than a decade after allowing for inflation a point that Noah notes but does not emphasize.)

       How much inequality can the Republic stand before the social and political fabric frays? Noah does not answer the question, in part because he doesn’t know, but mostly because he feels he doesn’t need to. “You’d have to be blind,” he writes, “not to see that we are headed in the wrong direction, and we’ve been heading that way for too long. The worst thing we could do to the Great Divergence is get used to it.” What economics terms “the Great Divergence” has until now been treated as little more than a talking point, a club to be wielded in ideological battles. But it may be the most important change in this country during our lifetimes-a sharp, fundamental shift in the character of American society, and not at all for the better.

       The income gap has been blamed on everything from computers to immigration, but its causes and consequences call for a patient, non-partisan exploration. In The Great Divergence, Timothy Noah delivers this urgently needed inquiry, ignoring political rhetoric and drawing on the best work of contemporary researchers to peer beyond conventional wisdom. Noah explains not only how the Great Divergence has come about, but why it threatens American democracy-and most important, how we can begin to reverse it.

       Fortunately, however, we might comfort ourselves by knowing that the United States remains a land rich in opportunity much as it was in the past, unique among nations in its lack of a rigid class structure and its social mobility. But we’d be deceiving ourselves. In The Great Divergence, Timothy Noah of The New Republic posits that, since 1979, there has been a “particularly extreme” divergence in income inequality in the United States. Noah synthesizes the work of economists, political scientists, and sociologists to argue that income inequality has increased, and that this is not good for American society. In the book’s final chapter, he advocates specific actions and policies that he believes would help reverse this trend. His suggestions are largely politically progressive proposals, including increasing taxes on the super-rich, bolstering the federal workforce, and breaking up the too-large-to-fail banks. While there are likely some conservative-libertarian policy wonks that would be amenable to his proposal to break up the large banks, few would likely support Noah’s proposal to revive organized labor.

       The author takes the title of the work comes from a phrase used by Paul Krugman, an outspoken advocate for Keynesian stimulus, in his 2007 book, The Conscience of a Liberal. Noah defines the Great Divergence as a socio-economic phenomenon as one not primarily involving the poor. Rather, it “is about the difference between how people lived during the half century preceding 1979 and how they lived during the three decades after 1979.” The story he tells, however, is not just about income inequality; it is about diminishing access to the top. According to Noah, over the past several decades, opportunities for upward social mobility have not increased.

       Unlike some pundits who rehash talking points, Noah commendably cites ample scholarship to support his claim. In The Great Divergence, the reader learns that the United States now offers its citizens less intergenerational economic mobility than northern and western European nations. (I would venture, however, that the United States still allows for greater social mobility for children of first-generation immigrants than do Scandinavian and other western European countries.) Noah also highlights an intriguing sociological finding which indicates that Americans tend to overestimate the degree to which American society fosters upward socio-economic mobility.

       Notable within the pages of The Great Divergence then is the fact that Noah challenges Paul Ryan for an October 2011 speech in which the Wisconsin Congressman contrasted what he perceived to be American social mobility with a rigid European welfare state class structure. Ryan, according to Noah, “had it exactly backward.” In truth, European countries now offer more social mobility than the United States. While Noah penned his study of income inequality prior to Mitt Romney’s choosing Ryan as his running mate, The Great Divergence takes on a more salient political implication in this new found context.

       So what caused the Great Divergence? According to Noah, the Great Divergence did not result from prejudice against African-Americans or women. The failure of the American educational system to meet the demand for higher skilled workers is part of the story, as is trade with low-wage nations such as China and the increase of business lobbying in Washington. The decline of organized labor also played a role. Noah also refers to the rise of extremely wealthy (“stinking rich,” in his parlance) as a “separate and distinct phenomenon” that can be thought of as “the Great Divergence, Part 2.” The last several decades have been witness to the emergence of what are, in essence, new social classes within the top 1%, namely the top 0.1% and the top 0.01%. Wall Street, according to Noah, played a substantial role in the emergence of these extremely wealthy individuals. Top income shares are rising faster in the United States than in other developed countries.

       Overall, Noah may succeed in persuading the reader in that income inequality not only is on the rise and that it is problematic for society. He is less convincing in his policy proposals to remedy the situation. To be fair, he does rightly acknowledge that many of his proposals, many of which are further to the left than President Obama, are not “politically salable today.” Noah could have bolstered his work, and perhaps the reception to it, had he offered a list of concrete and specific policies that would both reverse income inequality and be palatable to a large slice of the American electorate. The work also suffers from the fact that it is largely a summary of other scholars’ work, much of it very technical; making it less accessible to a general audience that it deserves to be.

       In conclusion, one can think of The Great Divergence as a plea to the American public to recognize that income inequality is a problem. It is also to acknowledge that social mobility is no longer operating the way in which it used to. I would contend that the frustration that many Americans feel with Washington in many ways reflects the fact that the system is not producing the same results as it did for people’s parents and grandparents. Income inequality currently is a topic of concern among the country’s economists, political activists, and pundits. Whether it will be a broadly discussed national concern remains to be seen. It would be heartening to see at least one moderator in the upcoming presidential debates ask each of the candidates where they stood on the topic of income inequality.


Noah, Timothy. The great divergence: America’s growing inequality crisis and what we can do about it. New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2012. Print.

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