How does the U.S. Constitution protect the civil rights and civil liberties of Americans?
When can or should the majority limit the civil liberties, such as free speech, of an unpopular/minority/fringe individual or group? Why?
In addition to the use of your course materials (below), your response must include direct references, including citations, to at least two of the four presenters in the following TED radio hour, “The Right to Speak”:
- https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/632611360/the-right-to-speak?showDate=2018-07-27 (Links to an external site.)
Give a contemporary political example illustrating the current state of civil liberties or civil rights in the United States. Explain, specifically, the relevance of your example to civil liberties or civil rights as depicted in this course. Use your e-text and cite your sources.
Firstly, the numerous low-cost housing schemes (existing or planned ones) in Kuala Lumpur create extra demands and competition between public and private developers which, ultimately, drive the housing prices to increase (Lean & Smyth 2012). The increased number of housing programs also create significantly varying definition of “affordable” housing as well (Siew 2017). Having more housing options may be important for the future residents, but, currently, the wide variety of the programs tends to cause more confusion to the public (Shuid 2016). Secondly, the mismatch between the tenants’ needs and the providers’ intention can be seen as the oversupply of mid-income and luxury housing. In Kuala Lumpur, specifically, the housing developers mostly construct housing for medium income and above, and do not comply with the City Hall’s requirements of providing 30 percent of the total units as low-cost ones (Bakhtyar, et al. 2013). This situation seems to exacerbate the low-income group. According to a study by Zainon, et al. (2017), 85.7 percent of the low-income groups in Kuala Lumpur have difficulties in accessing these housing schemes in the first place because they cannot get housing loans due to the expensive housing prices, interest rates and the strict lending guidelines. For more than a decade, the federal and state governments altogether have created numerous low-cost housing schemes that are designed to accommodate residents in the low-income groups. But the current situation as discussed above seems to indicate that those programs are essentially government interventions that merely focus on eradicating the informal settlements around the urbanized areas. The government’s Zero Squatter Policy aims to reduce such dwellers but in actuality the regulations and even programs simply authorize the local authorities to demolish the existing informal housing and ultimately relocate the squatters. To borrow Yap’s (2015) words, the forceful demolition and eviction cannot solve the fundamental problems concerning squatter settlements because those people will end up finding and creating new ones in the city, or add up to the existing ones under worse conditions. Despite the government’s effort to encourage people to own their own houses, Malaysia is now said to be facing a potential housing crisis where the young generations cannot own a house or, to be more precise, cannot afford to purchase a house in their 20s or 30s (Lim 2017). As homeless generations seem to be emerging even today, it is necessary for the governments of all levels to review how the low-cost housing programs should be delivered in a long term, based on >GET ANSWER