Since the formation of the United States constitution, lobbying has been a vital part of our political system. The rise of the interest group has helped fill in gaps in representation of diverse interests in ways that the system of party politics cannot. However, there is one group that bypasses this organized system of interest group lobbying. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) takes the corporate entity and places them on the fast-track. Under ALEC, members of the private and public sector co-draft model legislation, which is then paid for by state legislatures and passed into law. There is no other nonprofit organization like them in American politics today.
The United States is at a pivotal crossroads in energy usage. Currently importing approximately 7 million barrels a day of oil from foreign nations, the United States has become dependent on foreign oil. Such dependency on other nations is concerning, particularly given the global market for commodities, and the risk and volatility associated with oil. This paper outlines a history of United States energy policy, covers changes in technology enabling America to drill resources previously thought unrecoverable, explains the risks associated with oil markets, and the impact they could have on the United States, and covers several possible policy changes the United States government, particularly the executive branch, could make to reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil.White Paper
Political parties are not part of the constitution, the declaration of independence or any other of the hallowed documents of the “founding fathers.”
We need to open up the political process as much as possible. Continue reading Push for Open Primaries
Earlier this semester, the short days and the cold weather was starting to wear on my attitude. Luckily, Provost Mick Smyer chose to feature Duck Soup (1933) at the Campus Theater and the goofiness of the comedy genuinely helped life my spirits. Smyer’s introduction to the movie praised the efforts of the Campus Theater staff for working so hard to bring in old movies from the country’s many film collections. He also made a point of noting the power of comedy and how it is a useful tool for seeing the absurdity of our world. Continue reading The Revelations of Comedy: Duck Soup at the Campus Theater
In what was widely seen as a deeply superficial motion to make February 29 of leap years a day to honor and celebrate civil discourse, Congressional members ended up in a tussle of words and, by some accounts, even blows. Continue reading In Floor Debate on National Civil Discourse Day, Congress Comes to Blows
President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to make community college free for all students has been aggressively attacked by Millennials, who see the proposal as a violation of their human rights and a disgrace to the education system. The only viable form of valuable education worth pursuing is paid education. Free tuition sets a precedent among society that higher education can be achieved by everyone, but this creates an increasing demand for higher education with limited, qualified educators. Obama’s proposal aligns with free education which would create unfit educators and a massive free-rider problem among future generations. In addition, as more students obtain higher education, degrees become completely worthless and our job markets will have an excess of useless skills.
The war on drugs is surrounded in controversy from drug-control policy and recreational drug use to treatment of addicts and rising healthcare costs. Most countries have strict zero tolerance policies with society’s support – deeming the subject taboo and unethical, drugs as evil, and addicts as “bad” people. Canada as taken alternative measures in Vancouver’s Downtown East, which had “astronomical levels of HIV and drug overdose.” INSITE is a legal, supervised injection site offering a safe environment to use illicit drugs and to connect with healthcare services. The Canadian facility allows drug users to shoot-up safely without fear of arrest and with on-site medical assistant. The government-funded injection site is the only facility of its kind in North America. There is sufficient evidence that INSITE has public health benefits by lowering HIV and AIDS rates, but the subject is still controversial. Critiques argue harm reduction practices encourage drug users, perpetuate a problem, and give the “green light” on illicit drug use. Advocates claims INSITE saves lives, reconnects marginalized drug addicts with the community, has financial benefits to healthcare costs, and is overall beneficial to society. In first applying consequentialism to INSITE, it is clear the facility provides public health benefits for the larger community. When delving deeper, one must ask who are the beneficiaries of INSITE? Do harm reduction programs really help addicts or the general public? Is the action of opening INSITE causing unintended consequences? This paper will seek to understand INSITE and the consequential ethics behind it. Continue reading INSITE: A Consequential Problem or the Ethical Solution?
For your next blog post (#4), the idea is to use the blog to have some fun, probe how popular culture (TV, film, comics, music, books, video games, and so on) reflect issues relevant to our class such as ethics, business, power, politics, and the like.
You have a lot of latitude.
Before you hit “PUBLISH:”
2) Get a featured image (and source it in post)
4) From now on, when you READ posts, RATE THEM using the star voting. Try to give only 1-2 5-stars a week.
5) Try adding a poll if you want like I did. Click “add poll” when composing prompt.
Featured image from Daily Californian