102 paper on welfare and Sumner


In roughly 1000 words, due March 29th in a .doc file via email by 11:59pm, address the following.

Using the voice of Abigail Perez from “Take It From Me,” respond carefully and calmly to William Graham Sumner’s essay “The Forgotten Man.” Using her voice, use examples that indicate Sumner’s argument–in all its essential points–is not convincing. Put into her mouth some of the lecture material on “welfare liberalism”.

To do this, clearly you must know both Abigail’s story and Sumner’s argument. I advise you to re-watch the sections of the film that deal with Abigail.






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GOV 235 Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions

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Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
–Ambrose Bierce


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GOV 102 Extra Credit

Was Mohammad Ali Chaudry “engineering failure” in the building of the mosque in New Jersey? Or is that crazy? Do you see any fanatics in this story? Explain in 500 words, due with the final exam.



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Paper #2: Do the Right Thing


Due Weds. Nov. 15th in class.

In roughly 1250 words, address the following:

Do the Right Thing, made in 1989, addresses several themes: police brutality, “deadbeat dads”, segregation and racism. Is the film still relevant today?How does the film illuminate these themes? Explain, with reference to 3-4 relevant outside sources and the relevant and course readings.


How will the paper be graded? See this page.

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Map quiz on Latin America

map quiz central america

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excerpt from Anna Karenina

Oblonsky occupied the honorable and lucrative position of president of one of the government boards at Moscow. This post he had received through his sister Anna’s husband, who held one of the most important positions in the ministry to whose department the Moscow office belonged. But if Karenin had not got his brother-in-law this berth, then through a hundred other personages—brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, and aunts—Stiva Oblonsky would have received this post, or some other similar one, together with the salary of six thousand absolutely needful for him, as his affairs, in spite of his wife’s considerable property, were in an embarrassed condition. Half Moscow and Petersburg were friends and relations of Stepan Arkadyevitch [Oblonsky]. He was born in the midst of those who had been and are the powerful ones of this world. One-third of the men in the government, the older men, had been friends of his father’s, and had known him in petticoats; another third were his intimate chums, and the remainder were friendly acquaintances. Consequently the distributors of earthly blessings in the shape of places, rents, shares, and such, were all his friends, and could not overlook one of their own set; and Oblonsky had no need to make any special exertion to get a lucrative post. He had only not to refuse things, not to show jealousy, not to be quarrelsome or take offense, all of which from his characteristic good nature he never did. It would have struck him as absurd if he had been told that he would not get a position with the salary he required, especially as he expected nothing out of the way; he only wanted what the men of his own age and standing did get, and he was no worse qualified for performing duties of the kind than any other man.

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Final Exam GOV 236 Spring 2017

Final Exam Fall 2017

GOV 236

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Justifications of power

Kuprin in “The Outrage” asks us to look at society from a radically different perspective, by viewing thieves as acting ethically, in response to social injustice.

Kuprin quotes Proudhon: La propriete c’est le vol (Property is Theft), and says this has “never yet been refuted by the sermons of cowardly bourgeois or fat priests.”  He uses as examples the origins of wealth and the effects of inheritance. Chekhov, in “A Woman’s Kingdom,” also explores these two issues.

In roughly 750 words (stapled or paper-clipped) address the following:

Explain how, taken together, these two stories allow us to see differently the justifications for the distribution of wealth in the United States. In what sense do they form a criticism of the idea that the wealthy deserve their wealth, and the poor their poverty?

Due Weds. Feb. 8th in class.


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