Homework Nine Answers - Student Five

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1. What is you view of antitrust laws - necessary, or something that makes a problem worse?

Necessary, the fundamental basis of capitalism is competition, but if one entity be it the Government, or a "trust" is able to monopolize a product, they have no incentive to make their product cheaper or better, or to innovate, because they have no competition, so we need some way to prevent monopolies from forming. Antitrust laws, however, can overreach and control competition, so that businesses have no motivation to innovate.

Superb answer.

2. Imperialism by a charitable Christian people: a good or bad thing?

Imperialism used by the right people is good. In our world justice and democracy do not defend themselves, but are defended with the blood of freedom loving people. Unfortunately, when the other countries or governments use their power to squelch democracy and that country's people can do nothing to stop them it is our moral obligation to use our our power in the right way. Unfortunately, our president in the middle eastern revolutions is defending the bad rebels, deserting the good ones, and providing a textbook definition of how imperialism can be misused.

Terrific - could become a model answer.

3. Your thoughts on the progressive movement, please.

The progressive movement is only the Democrat party's attempt to change its name. After the civil war democrats were extremely unpopular and for the near future their party would carry a legacy of oppression and slavery. What I believe is that democrats founded the progressive party to disassociate themselves from slavery and the "old" democratic party. The lecture referred to republicans wanting small government, the democrats wanting big government and the progressives wanting better government. Unfortunately this definition neglects the fact that republicans, democrats, and progressives all make laws in order to (at least nominally) make government "better". Sadly, the progressives mainly advocated regulatory policies (with some major exceptions) and never advocated downsizing government so it can be truly said that the aim of progressives was in line with the aim of the democrat party.

Excellent again, and this could become a model answer also.

5. The "Cross of Gold" speech: lots of meaning, or meaningless? Explain, including who gave the speech and under what circumstances.

William Jennings Bryan's famous "Cross of Gold" speech had many effects but none positive. His speech highlighted in bold language the "oppression" of the poor by the rich. Rhetoric like this sparked class warfare that would perhaps lead some to communism. Its actual meaning, however, was far less than its hyperbolic language portrays. A gold standard did not cause trickle-down economics or crucifixion of mankind, but was in fact proven to work better than silver. So Bryan's speech, as much popularity as it gave him, or class warfare it sparked, was not logically sound.

Another superb answer, one of the best in the entire class all year.

6. What would be an example today of "yellow journalism"?

An example is Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepping down. He stepped down only because he felt the pressure of American and world opinion and media upon him. This yellow journalism often does more harm than good.

Right.

7. Who was the "Conservative Democrat"? Discuss.

Grover Cleveland was the conservative democrat. He was essentially a republican who realized the democrat nomination would be easier to get. He was anti-spending and compared to his republican counterparts was further right than they were. Luckily, Cleveland was on the right side of issues but today politicians like Dede Scozzafava calling themselves members of certain political parties just for political gain is a major harm to our political system.

Excellent again.

Paul R.

Perfect: 60/60. One of the best homeworks in the class all year.--Andy Schlafly 14:04, 17 April 2011 (EDT)
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