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    There is no denying that society can hold us to almost unrealistic standards. Whether it is beauty expectations for women, toxic masculinity for men, or over-involvement for college students; we all must grapple with society’s unreachable expectations. However, imagine facing another level of expectations on top of these, expectations that demean your mere existence: the standards set by the demeaning representations of Native Americans as sports mascots. In Kevin Bruyneel’s essay “Race, Colonialism, and the Politics of Indian Sports Names and Mascots: The Washington Football Team Case”, he explains how these expectations create a culture where modern existence as a Native American does not exist. Depictions only present the story of an antiquated…

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    Why Americans Hate Politics In Why Americans Hate Politics, E.J. Dionne examines the reasons behind the low status of American politicians and the American disenchantment with politics in general, coming to the conclusion that we dislike politics because it is no longer relevant to our daily lives. Dionne perceives both the Republican and the Democratic Party as caught up in a battle over cultural issues left over from the 1960s, especially race relations and feminism. Such issues are still…

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    political influence from wealth, family status, military position, or intellectual superiority etc. Political Elites influence public opinion because they may have access to the media in order to raise political awareness on issue. Political Elites have the power to push elected officials to make decisions on issues in favor of their political beliefs and attitudes. For instance, there has been debate on whether there should be restrictions on access to guns. However, political Elites have…

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    in turn marginalises other features that play a part. This is problematic as politics is complicated and intricate in its nature and requires every aspect to be explored. Concepts simply ignore the parts of political world which make politics political. Ultimately leading us to fail to investigate and explore that which defines the political world. Lisa Wedeen explores this further when showing us that when we try to look for ‘Democracy’ in the minimalist sense we constrain ourselves to looking…

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    In Russell Jacoby’s The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in the Age of Apathy argues that we have lost the determination to envision the good, intellectual collapse, the politics have been reduced to a dry topic, and utopian thinking ought to be included in politics. In Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age the main argument was on anti-utopianism. Russell argues that politicians once considered utopian ideas you think of the welfare state after the second world war being…

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    Buying America The U.S politics have become to be a game of wealth and foolery. Nowadays, dark money has infiltrated our public affairs by buying out running candidates and corrupting our elections. Dark money’s role in our politics is that high dollar corporations and million and billionaire “investors” are able to fund and tell the candidate what to say and vote for in order to benefit the corporations and influence the election and not disclose their donors. The effects of dark money can…

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    My passion for politics started when I was 12 years old, after I started noticing things on television concerning Scottish Independence. I saw the independence referendum as a chance for me to speak out about how I wanted my future to be, regardless of whether I would get to vote or not (which obviously, I wouldn’t). What I did not know though, is that just researching about Scottish and British Politics would cause me to branch out to other countries politics and become more aware social and…

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    emphasis on the importance of intersectionality and moving beyond “identity politics.” As someone who was raised in a Christian household, I find their perspective from the viewpoint of Jewish theologians very interesting, but I think their main ideas can be applied to any religion or faith. Their piece from Queer Jews, “Next Year in Freedom! Taking Our Seder to the Streets”, aligned with many of my personal beliefs, but they also challenged and contradicted some of my opinions. In this essay, I…

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    In Porterfield's work, Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation, she addresses the impact that religion and politics had on each other from the very beginning of the United States. Throughout the work, she addresses not only politics and religion, but the impact that gender, race, and class had on the religious and political systems that were developing. Porterfield's main points all circle back to the main theme of doubt, in which political and religious changes and…

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    Lowering The Voting Age

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    citizen’s failure to vote cannot be explained by a lower ability or motivation to participate. The quality of these citizen’s choices is like that of older voters, so young citizens do cast votes in ways that enable their interest to be represented equally well. These results are encouraging for supporters of a lower voting age. Citizens under 18 may lack the motivation and ability to participation in elections. The quality of vote choice is no lower than among older votes. Supporters argue…

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