What is the cause of inequality? Is it inevitable? What is power and who are the powerful in society? INSTRUCTIONS: Read Chapter 1 of Marger textbook 2. Consider the social stratification of the town you live in and in California by answering at least 3 the following questions (and comment on each other’s posts as well), by going to https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/acs-single-year.html Or you can search the main page for information sources at: http://census.gov/ OR you can Google search for the information on City and State… 1) What is the demographic background of the population (race, ethnicity, class and gender?)? 2) What is the demographic background of the student population? 3) How many graduate from high school? And are there differences by race, ethnicity and gender? 4) What is the average income of the population? Are there differences by race, ethnicity and gender? 5) About the State of California…how is the state doing in terms of poverty rates, high school graduation rates, income patterns? Based on the information you examine on Census.gov (explore the site for access to population data), what is your view on the stratification (inequality) that exists locally and in California? 3. Topic 3: Class System in America and Prepping for Power Explore Dr. Bill Domhoff’s web page (enter the following words into your internet search to find his website if the link does not function, Who Rules America?: Power, Politics & Social Change): http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/class_domination.html Using information from the Domhoff book, Marger textbook power-points, and Domhoff’s website and consider the role of Power Elite in America by responding to the following questions: 1) What is the Class Domination Theory of Power? (on Domhoff’s web page) How does this affect you, your family and/or your community? 2) How are members of the elite classes socialized (groomed) to rule the nation? What are your impressions of Bohemian Grove and which powerful people are members of this Bohemian Club? On Domhoff’s web site, explore the contents and video on “Social Cohesion and Bohemian Grove” (the video is 29 minutes and gives you a tour of the Grove).
There is an increasingly growing global controversy about whether the United States and UN should intervene in the Syrian conflict, and whether this intervention should be military or strategic. The U.S. has been criticized for its non-intervention policy, especially with the rise in the level of violence and the spread of conflict to other areas of the country, and even to its borders with Turkey and Iraq. It is time for this ‘cease fire’ of intervention to stop. The killings, the bombings and destruction within Syria haven’t stopped and likely won’t unless something is done to force its end. This conflict has gone from an internal struggle into an impending second Cold War of international interests, reasserting the tension between the U.S. and Russia. If this conflict is not brought to a halt, it will bring upon a domino effect of danger and economic problems that reach every corner of the world. It is in the United States’ best interest to increase the military aid to Syrian rebels in order to avoid immense financial implications and the prospect of a growing force of terror that could result without our intervention. Upon reading this statement there is an immediate disapproval from many individuals stating we would be pushing a line between intervention and invasion. So, before supporting this argument, it’s important to note the possible cons to taking a direct militaristic path to Syrian aid. America has always been viewed as the global ‘peace-keepers,’ and because of this we have made many friends and enemies. For the last fifty years, we have jumped into conflict after conflict believing that our nation would emerge as the victors due to prior victories from the Revolutionary War to WWII. To some, this mentality has led to a consistent underestimation of groups like al Qaeda, and the Taliban by politicians and citizens alike here in the United States. For this intervention to work, we must take it step-by-step or else we may find ourselves in way over our heads just like in Vietnam. Something else that the United States must consider is the duration of this sustained conflict we may enter. Due to the sense of American exceptionalism held in our nation (that we are the greatest and most powerful country in the world), the civilian population may think war will be a quick “in and out” fight: America goes in, kicks ass, people love us, and then we go. In reality, we could be paying for an indirect war that could very well last for another 10 years, and even upon its completion, could cost billions more to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure in Syria. That being said, isolationism or complacency could prove to be absolutely detrimental to the United States and the world. Without continued and increased militaristic involvement from the United States, two aspects of United States and world affairs will become extremely volatile. The first of these two pieces involves avoiding the breaking-down of international war norms, and deterrence from further violence in the region. The most obvious benefit of ending the Syrian civil war is the prevention of the escalation of conflict across the Middle East and the deterrence involvement would create towards the use of chemical weapons. The Obama administration’s “don’t cross this line or else you’re in trouble” tactic did nothing to resolve the conflict and caused many countries, most importantly al-Assad’s Syrian regime to question whether we were just all talk. An immediate and unforgiving show of strength, leading to full destruction of Assad’s armies would immediately deter all other “states with aspirations to regional he>GET ANSWER