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Reducing Income Inequality Is an Essential Characteristic of Democracy

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Reuveny, Rafael, and Quan Li. "Economic Openness, Democracy, and Income Inequality: An Empirical Analysis." Comparative Political Studies 36.5 (2003): 575-601. Print.
The period studied was 1960 - 1996 and the analysis included 69 countries. National income inequality is measured from a Gini coefficient data set. The authors established that democracy is able to reduce income inequality, while foreign direct investments increase income inequality. The authors note income inequality declines when there is economic development, which confirms their hypothesis that democracy does reduce income inequality.
Solt, Frederick. "Economic Inequality and Democratic Political Engagement." American Journal of Political Science 52.1 (2008): 48-60. Print.
The study was conducted to establish the effect of economic inequality on political engagement. The authors discovered that higher levels of income inequality will depress political interest and this will result in the individuals continuing being marginalized. Democracy has the potential to reduce this inequality if it embraces these…… [Read More]

References
Huber, Evelyne, and John D Stephens. "Income Inequality and Redistribution in Post-Industrial Democracies: Demographic, Economic and Political Determinants." Socio-Economic Review 12.2 (2014): 245-67. Print.
Iversen, Torben, and David Soskice. "Information, Inequality, and Mass Polarization: Ideology in Advanced Democracies." Comparative Political Studies 48.13 (2015): 1781-813. Print.
Knutsen, Carl Henrik, and Simone Wegmann. "Is Democracy About Redistribution?" Democratization 23.1 (2016): 164-92. Print.
Reuveny, Rafael, and Quan Li. "Economic Openness, Democracy, and Income Inequality: An Empirical Analysis." Comparative Political Studies 36.5 (2003): 575-601. Print.
Solt, Frederick. "Economic Inequality and Democratic Political Engagement." American Journal of Political Science 52.1 (2008): 48-60. Print.
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Obama vs Trump

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Obama vs. Trump
On 7th September, 2018, Barack Obama, our former president, went against a long held tradition whereby former presidents avoid directly criticizing their successors. Amongst other things, Obama blamed the sitting president for taking credit for the nation’s economic advancement when the same had actually stated when he (Obama) was in office. He also voiced his concerns with Trumps occasional criticism of constitutional bodies such as the Justice Department. In addition to criticizing President Trump, Obama also had unkind words for Republicans. He largely blamed the GOP for failure to take decisive punitive actions against Russia for meddling in the U.S. elections in 2016.
It is, however, important to note that President Trump has also in the past criticized his predecessor on numerous occasions. For instance, earlier this year, the current president was critical of his predecessor’s way of handling the Russian hacks. It is important to note…… [Read More]

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American News Coverage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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The media has done a tremendous job when it comes to the coverage of Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump. There are numerous news articles, opinions, and analysis all focusing on the two. The left-leaning media outlets have been quite upfront and they have not failed to demonstrate their grievances. There is a clear impression being made on the popularity of Nancy Pelosi against that of Donald Trump. Nancy Pelosi is shown as the one person who has stood up to Trump and she has maintained her focus especially in regards to the government shutdown. The State of the Union address had to be postponed to a date that was conducive and acceptable to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. This shows how much she was not willing to give in to the demands of the president. While some articles will portray Nancy Pelosi as being a winner, there are others that…… [Read More]

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The Role and Function of Special Interest Groups

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The role of interest groups in democracies presents one of the greatest conundrums in civic affairs. On the one hand, interest groups potentially represent collective power and agency. On the other hand, interest groups can easily become hegemonic and even corrupt. The crux of the problem is that some interest groups can become more endowed financially than others, or have unequal access to the social capital needed to wield power. As Binderkrantz & Beyers (2013) also point out, inequities in power distribution among interest groups can also be traceable to the process of professionalization: to formalizing interest groups until they function like corporations and become equally as formidable.
Interest groups may be inevitable in a society that categorically affirms the right to free assembly. Yet within the liberalist framework of governance, it is still possible to envision ways the power of interest groups can be more equitably distributed. In a…… [Read More]

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Joe Biden Presidential Primary

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Joe Biden Presidential Primary
The effective use of free and paid media strategies will be critical in getting Biden through the primaries and into the general election to face off against President Trump. This will include get out the vote plans and polling strategies to obtain a clear idea as to how Biden stands with voters in each of the key demographics. Where Biden will need to impress early on is with core Democrats, both older and younger, the idea being to energize the base early and provide it with legs so that the enthusiasm builds with his lead in the primaries. Voters do not want a candidate they cannot rally behind—and the key message in the primaries will be: What does this person embody? Can this person defeat Donald Trump? Does this person reflect the values of the upcoming generation? Biden comes across as a likeable politician who combines…… [Read More]

Bibliography
Allcott, Hunt, and Matthew Gentzkow. \\\\"Social media and fake news in the 2016 election.\\\\" Journal of Economic Perspectives31, no. 2 (2017): 211-36.
Anstead, Nick. \\\\"Data and Election Campaigning.\\\\" Political Insight 9, no. 2 (2018): 32-35.
Conrad, JoAnn. \\\\"Consuming Subjects: Making Sense of Post–World War II Westerns.\\\\"  Narrative Culture 2, no. 1 (2015): 71-116.
Enli, Gunn. \\\\"Twitter as arena for the authentic outsider: exploring the social media campaigns of Trump and Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election.\\\\" European Journal of Communication 32, no. 1 (2017): 50-61.
Enli, Gunn, and Chris-Adrian Simonsen. \\\\"‘Social media logic’meets professional norms: Twitter hashtags usage by journalists and politicians.\\\\" Information, Communication & Society 21, no. 8 (2018): 1081-1096.
Perrin, Andrew. \\\\"Social media usage.\\\\" Pew research center(2015): 52-68.
Youmans, William Lafi, and Jillian C. York. \\\\"Social media and the activist toolkit: User agreements, corporate interests, and the information infrastructure of modern social movements.\\\\" Journal of Communication 62, no. 2 (2012): 315-329.
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The Green New Deal

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AOC’s Zany New Deal: Analysis of a Political Editorial Cartoon
In a cartoon posted on the Washington Times website entitled “The Socialist States of the Green New Deal” by Gary Varvel (2019), freshman representative Alexandrio Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is depicted, arms outstretched, as standing in the middle of a map of the USA while all around her are highlights of her Green New Deal bill with visualizations of how her proposals would impact America. One can see a U.S. Navy air craft carrier using sails (instead of fuel) for power. There is an arrow pointing away from the States and two large yachts sailing off for other shores with the inscription below signifying that these are “The Rich” leaving the U.S. Large signs read “Free Stuff” and “No Fly Zone,” indicating how different the American landscape is to become were the Green New Deal to be implemented. The argument being presented…… [Read More]

References
Klein, P. (2019). Gavin Newsom ditching California high-speed rail shows why \\\\'Green New Deal\\\\' is doomed. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/gavin-newsom-ditching-california-high-speed-rail-shows-why-green-new-deal-is-doomed
Lean, G. (2006). Cow \\\\'emissions\\\\' more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars. Retrieved from https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/cow-emissions-more-damaging-to-planet-than-co2-from-cars-427843.html
Varvel, G. (2019). The socialist states of the green new deal. Retrieved from https://www.washingtontimes.com/cartoons/
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Non State Actors Threats and Multilateral Responses

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Question 1:  Can all non-state actor threats be addressed unilaterally as a non-traditional threat to only one country?  Do some of these non-traditional threats span borders and require international cooperation to counter the threat?  If so, why? What problems might such cooperation bring?
Of course, it is possible for state actors to unilaterally address non-state actor threats. Whether it is advisable for state actors to unilaterally address non-state actor threats is a matter of debate. While it may be tempting to point out the inherent weaknesses in the United Nations policies as an excuse for state actors to use unilateral responses as part of their national security strategies, doing so will have detrimental effects in the long run. The reasons why unilateral action has detrimental long-term effects include undermining the trust needed for efficient and reliable intelligence sharing and resource pooling. Responses to non-state actors need to be intelligent, strategic,…… [Read More]

Bibliography
Davis, Jack. “The Kent-Kendall Debate.” Retrieved online: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol35no2/pdf/v35i2a06p.pdf
Gorman, Fitzalan Crowe. “Non-State Actors, Terrorism and the United Nations: A Critical Analysis through three Case Studies Examining the United Nations’ Effectiveness in Addressing the Threat Imposed by Violent Non-State Actors.” Thesis submitted to the faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2009. Retrieved online: https://theses.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04202009-185313/unrestricted/Fitzalan_Gorman_Thesis.pdf
Sidhu, Waheguru Pal. “Proliferation, Non-state Actors, and the Impact on Global Security.” Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Policy Brief No. 19. Dec 6, 2006. Retrieved online: https://www.files.ethz.ch/isn/92730/Brief-19.pdf
Srikanath, Divya. “Non-Traditional Security Threats.” International Journal of Development and Conflict 4(2014): 60-68.
Weller, Marc. “The changing environment for forcible responses to nontraditional threats.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (American Society of International Law). Vol. 92, The Challenge of Non-State Actors (APRIL 1-4, 1998), pp. 177-185
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Kennedy's West Berlin Speech

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Kennedy West Berlin: Ethos, Pathos and Logos
Introduction
Ethos, pathos and logos are rhetorical modes of persuasion. Ethos appeals to the ethics of listener by reflecting the character of the speaker. Pathos appeals to the emotions. And logos appeals to reason or logic (Sproat, Driscoll & Brizee, 2012). Kennedy employed all three modes of rhetoric in his famous West Berlin speech in 1963, when he highlighted the inhumanity of the Wall, the oppression of the Germans under the Soviet system, and the meaning of freedom, as well as in many other ways. This paper will examine these ways to show how Kennedy applied these rhetorical devices in his West Berlin speech in 1963.
Ethos
The appeal to ethics through the reflection of his own character was made by Kennedy when he began making the distinction between right and wrong in his speech. He did it not by identifying specifically what…… [Read More]

References
Kennedy, J. F. (1963). West Berlin speech. Retrieved from https://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/Berlin-W-Germany-Rudolph-Wilde-Platz_19630626.aspx
Sproat, E., Driscoll, D. & Brizee, A. (2012). Aristotle’s rhetorical situation. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/625/03/