Tag: James Madison

Should a liberal-democratic government protect the ‘social rights’ of its citizens?

It is self-evidently true that a liberal-democratic government should protect the ‘social rights’ of its citizens. There are copious arguments from various eminent thinkers that back up this claim. Ranging across eras and philosophical schools, various intellectuals have endorsed the protection of social rights of citizens. This essay will draw upon the ideas of philosopher Socrates (through his disciple Plato), American founding father James Madison, and 20th century political scientist T.H. Marshall. In doing so, the essay will back the position that a liberal-democratic government should protect the ‘social-rights’ of its citizens.

Social rights can be loosely defined as those rights which are operant in public places. While this is not a legal definition of the term, it serves as a guideline for the essay. In a nation with diverse racial, ethnic and religious demography as the United States, it is expected that the laws reflect secularism and social equity. These . . . Read More

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The politics of same-sex marriage

One of the issues that elicit a broad range of views from politicians, scholars and intelligentsia is rights for same-sex couples.  At the very minimum, these rights would entail legal recognition for same-sex partners and enable them to adopt children.  As same-sex partnerships gain greater acceptance in society, the members of this community expect to attain financial benefits and custodial rights that are on par with heterosexual couples.  This essay will foray into the main arguments for and against such legal grants by way of citing scholarly sources.

It deserves mention in the outset that the political atmosphere here in the United Statesis much more hostile to the practice of homosexuality than elsewhere in the developed world.  The primary resistance to homosexuality in the country comes from the powerful and influential Republican Party, especially the more orthodox of its members.  The functioning of the party over the years suggests a disregard for the notion . . . Read More

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