1. Introduction, explaining the precarious situation of our environment today, stating of thesis.
2. Citing Barbara Ehrenreich’s analysis of the stature of humans with respect to other animals and the non-organic environment.
3. Citing Pauly & Watson’s point about the folly of over-fishing. How this process will ultimately lead to catastrophe.
4. Mentioning the counter argument, namely the cyclical processes of destruction and rebirth that life on earth have gone through in the past.
5. Summing up the essay and arriving at concluding remarks, and also talk about our responsibilities toward nature.
Problem Definition & Thesis:
Human beings have always drawn sustenance from the natural environment that surrounded them. The wellbeing of our species is intricately related to the diversity and stability of the physical environment we inhabit. As new and sophisticated technologies are . . . Read More
The phenomenon of globalization has become ubiquitous in the new neo-liberal world order of the last few decades. This particular form of capitalism has steadily replaced socialistic and communistic forms of economic arrangement in many countries in the world. While proponents of this global economic model argue that this is the best possible system, there are also those who strongly oppose various aspects of this system. Taking a historical perspective, we see that the events of the two centuries are shaped and defined by the practice of capitalism. In a way, the peaking of European colonialism coincided with the consolidation of capitalist economic theory, which ultimately replaced it. In other words, the power and influence wielded by large multinational corporations today (which are the façade of global capitalism) is nothing short of a variant of imperialism. While conceding that concentrations of power and finance in and of themselves do not lead to oppression and . . . Read More
Throughout the presidential election campaign, the then Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama kept reiterating the need for healthcare reform and made promises to the country that efforts toward that end would be the cornerstone of his administration. But now that we have seen his functioning style as President over the tenure, there is little reason to believe that the election campaign promises would be met. Since Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, his efforts to reform the healthcare system were met with persistent opposition from the Republicans and a handful of conservative Democrats, both in the House of Representatives and the Senate. With the recent loss of Massachusetts senate seat to Republicans, the task of passing the healthcare reform bill has become more challenging.
The State of Healthcare Today:
But beyond the nitty-gritty of political maneuvering and discussing the merits and demerits of . . . Read More
In recent decades the topic of ‘employee voice’ within a business organization has come up for discussion in management literature. At the same time, business analysts have explored in depth various possible distribution of powers within the workplace and the dynamics involved therein. Terms such as ‘involvement’ and ‘participation’ have been elaborated and explained as well. Yet, it is safe to say that no universal consensus has been achieved so far, with employee unions and elected representatives on their behalf constantly contesting and claiming for more favourable terms and conditions of work. This essay will attempt to answer the topic question, along with its broader implications.
Employee Voice in the backdrop of discrimination:
Since business enterprises operate in the socio-political setup of nations, it is important to analyze the issue of ‘employee voice’ in this broad context. For example, a 1998 . . . Read More
Each year hundreds of thousands of international students enroll for various courses in Universities in the United States and United Kingdom. But before they decide to enroll, they are confronted with a dilemma whether to pursue their higher studies in their home country or abroad. The consistency and high number of international enrollments suggests that most students prefer to study abroad. The rest of this essay will look into the reasons why this is so, with specific reference to my own choices in this respect.
The education system in Saudi Arabia, which is my home country, is quite good. There are a few institutions of higher learning in Saudi Arabia which are comparable in academic standards to those in the United States. But my preference is to study abroad, so that I can have a different cultural experience that would make me a more rounded individual. Also, if I study abroad, I will get the opportunity to meet fellow international students from all across . . . Read More
The rise to power of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party is one of the defining moments of the history of twentieth century. It was in the year 1933 that Adolf Hitler led his National Socialist Party to power in what was then a united German nation, by winning the largest number of seats in the Reichstag. In the years leading up to this crucial election his party leadership unleashed an effective propaganda campaign spreading the message of German nationalism and Aryan superiority over other races. These were to continue during the years in power as well, when the party message would get increasingly more vitriolic, especially against Jews. The 1930s were the time when motion picture and radio technologies were getting more sophisticated. The Nazi leadership took advantage of these technologies in carrying out propaganda efforts that would garner public support for their domestic and international policies. Joseph Goebbels was appointed by Hitler to head the Propaganda Ministry in 1930. . . . Read More
There are many sound supportive arguments for the view that developing nations have to be exempt from WTO rules. This essay will look into these in detail, while also presenting the rationale behind opposing viewpoints. Foremost among the arguments supporting exemption is the historical disadvantage suffered by developing countries. For example, most of the countries whose economies are in transition today are erstwhile colonies of European imperialist states. As a result of exploitation and usurpation of resources during the process of imperialism, these nations were left highly indebted and economically weak. Hence, there is a strong case to be made for WTO rules exemption from a post-colonial reparation perspective. Alongside several emerging economies, many other countries that presently fall under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) category are former colonies for European imperialism (Cappelen, 2007). Moreover, the prevailing political chaos in most of these countries . . . Read More
The issue of global warming has taken center stage in political discourse over the last few years. Along with economic issues such as the growing disparity between the rich and the poor of the world and international military conflicts, the issue of global warming is one of the most important issues at present. This makes it imperative that anthropologists and other social scientists, at both the theoretical and the applied levels, “give serious consideration to the impact of global warming because it has and will continue to impact upon peoples who we historically have studied, be it the Inuit of the Arctic, cattle pastoralists in East Africa, horticultural villagers in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, Andean peasants, Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, and peoples who we have been more recently studying, such as urbanites in both the developed and developing worlds” (Hans Baer, 2008). While the concern regarding . . . Read More
The issue of maintaining law and order is as old as the origins of civil society. While a large majority of the population are law abiding and conform to the social norms of the times, there is always an underbelly of disorderly conduct on part of a disturbed minority. As the process of urbanization takes off and more people start residing in major cities, the fissures start to appear within the apparent harmonious co-existence. There are several reasons why disorderly conduct on part of individuals and groups takes place. Sociologists have proposed numerous theories explaining this phenomenon. This essay will pertain itself to the contrasting viewpoints presented by the theories of Erving Goffman and Michel Foucault by citing real instances that support their theory.
Erving Goffman was an astute observer of society, who immersed himself in the social environment which he was studying. He carefully observed and recorded the ways in which people’s behavior and interpersonal . . . Read More
Countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom see the influx of international students every year. Since the US and the UK have numerous high-quality educational institutions and centers for higher learning, students across the world throng to the universities in these countries to get quality education. As part of their qualification to enroll in these universities, the international students are required to pass English language tests along with aptitude and logical reasoning tests. Yet many of the students who get through these tests find themselves at a disadvantage during the course of their education. This exposes the inadequacy of these entry tests and the need for their overhaul (Koehne, 2005, p.105). But things remaining as they are, there are certain things that the students can adopt to make their undergraduate learning experience more fruitful and less distressing.
One of the common difficulties encountered by international students is the . . . Read More