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  • Human Greed Analysis

    Effects of Human Greed Throughout history, there are many different styles and formations of governments: democracy, republic, monarchy, aristocracy, socialism, capitalism, dictatorship, etc. The most renowned type of government is Great Britain’s monarchy and the United States’ presidential system. Long before the United States’ presidential system was in place, Great Britain 's monarchy controlled us. Thomas Paine, a political theorist and philosopher, wrote a pamphlet Common Sense in 1776. In this pamphlet, Paine outlines this reflection of government and religion. Paine then applies this toward the new government of the United States. Paine’s argument is weak due his contradictions and unable to apply to practical use. Paine begins his piece by explaining the origin and of the birth of a government. “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices” (1). The initial intention of any government of any society is supposed to provide security and protection to their citizens. Yet Paine did not consider if the government has the intention of protecting their citizens. For example, dictatorships suppress the opinions of others and transfers all the power to one person. This is only one example of human greed. Paine also doesn’t state exactly what desires and the government should suppress vices. This should be judged by the society that is…

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  • Neo Republican Ideology

    The neo-republican ideology focuses on domination as freedom. Philip Pettit provides three core ideas to achieve freedom from domination with this neo-republican ideology. In this essay, I will identify republicanism and the historical context, analyse and evaluate these three core ideas, and also compare freedom in republicanism to the two concepts of liberty. Republicanism originated in Ancient Greece, based on the thoughts of Plato, Aristotle, and Polybius. The three of them were consistently…

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  • Essay On Republicanism

    When Thomas Jefferson and the founders were framing the newly formed nation they saw a very different direction of what the United States was to become. For the founders, republicanism was deeply rooted on the principle of "the people" sovereignty and not the abusive aristocratic monarchy used in colonial times. However, with social and economic changes republicanism slowly morphed into an idea that was to modernize with the changing American rhetoric. This sudden change in Republicanism would…

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  • Constitutional Revolutions: The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Republic

    In times before Rome, many cultures had a common constitution, however, before the Roman constitution, a Greek historian named Polybius claimed these were flawed and too ‘simple’. According to Polybius these constitutions operated under one of four types, kingship, aristocracy, democracy, and mob rule. These constitutions with the formation of civilization, begin and with kingship and work their way down respectively and are cyclical, as Polybius would point out “Constitutional…

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  • The Influence Of The Enlightenment On The French Revolution

    The Enlightenment was a time in European history when many people started to think about the way they were being ruled. Enlightenment thinkers emphasized the idea of personal freedom and challenging the monarchy. Enlightenments thinkers and writes pushed for democracy and the recognition of “natural rights.” As more and more people adopted the mindset of the Enlightenment, they realized that the way they were being treated by the government was oppressive. This led to many tensions and…

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  • Essay On Classical Republicanism

    Ideas of classical republicanism swept through the colonies and many realized that reforms needed to occur. Classical republicanism was a new, radical set of ideas about government that surrounded the notion of liberty and virtue. This movement valued the people, believing that individuals were virtuous and were willing to surrender themselves for the common good. Republicanism valued independence; ownership of private property was crucial for the welfare of a country, for it were the landowners…

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  • This Country A Reconciled Republic

    The paintings of Gary Shead help to understand his arguments. It displays the incongruity of British Monarchy in Australia landscape. However, the reader needs to have some knowledge on republicanism in Australia and reconciliation. McKenna manages to create a new vision of a republic which could be interesting to use in the next republican debates and reconciliation. For any student of modern history, regardless of their focus, this collection cannot be overlooked, if for no other reason than…

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  • Declaration Of Independence Vs Republicanism

    The Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution are some of the most important documents created with the conception of the United States. At the core of these documents are the ideals and principles which have shaped the American values held today. The Preamble to the Constitution pertains to the ideals of Republicanism, whereas the Declaration of Independence is classically liberal. The ideas presented in the Preamble to the Constitution are in line with ideas regarding to…

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  • How Did Republicanism Change

    Between the years 1750 and 1865 the philosophy of Republicanism and virtue changed. Republicanism was the idea of being ruled by people with “virtue”. In the early years of America’s independence people such as John Hancock believed only rich white men that owned property had virtue. They were the only ones allowed to hold office and vote. The idea of “virtue” had changed dramatically after the Civil War in 1865. From 1750 to 1865 Poor whites, Women and Blacks attempted to become “virtuous” and…

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  • Liberalism Vs Republicanism

    Examining the historical background of the United States, liberalism, with its belief in negative liberty, and republicanism, with its belief in positive liberty, have always been the dominant political ideologies in the United States. That said I am of the inclination that even as modern American government may appear to be republican, liberalism remains inherent within the nature of the people of the United States itself. I would first examine the characteristics of the two streams of…

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