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Asked in Political Science, Karl Marx
Who are the proletariat according to Karl Marx?
The proletariat is a class of common workers who have no ownership or control of the means of production of the society. They own nothing but the right to sell their own labor. The proletariat is not necessarily synonymous with "the lower class," since "lower class" can mean any kind of poverty stricken class of people. And they every single day regardless of their job and country they are exploited. ...
Why is political science a science?
Political science is a science by definition. In practice, it is a science because it consists of two elements: The study of political systems and the elements thereof; A conducting of this investigation by using the scientific method. While there are some elements of political science, especially political theory, that may rely upon normative assessment of the politics, its procedures, and its outcomes, most work in the field consists of quantitative and qualitative analyses of either models or data from empirical sources. Politics, the field...
Asked in Economics, Political Science
Is opportunity cost is the same as marginal cost?
No, opportunity cost is not the same as marginal cost, since opportunity cost represent the expected utility loss from the highest-valued alternative given-up for an action. In this case, that not only includes marginal costs, but also fixed costs and marginal benefits foregone. Marginal cost is the cost of producing an additional widget when you're already producing several of them. This must cover direct costs such as wages and direct overheads, but can ignore return on capital and other fixed costs. Opportunity cost is...
Why does it seem so difficult to be a patriot?
Because you probably live in a free, democratic society where the liberties granted to it's citizens have reversed into one hyper-critical of its systems of governance as opposed to socialist states such as N Korea, where its citizens live in constant awe and admiration of their leader and believe themselves to live in the most technologically advanced nation in the world. Freedom affords the luxury of contempt for the mechanism of its existence. Hence you couldn't possibly be a patriot, because you...
Asked in American Revolution, Political Science
How is power acquired in a democratic republic government?
Simply put, power is acquired in a democracy by being elected to office. However, there are positions in an elected office that are more powerful and have a lot of (to use a Chicago word) klout. For example, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is an extremely powerful individual even though he or she is a member of the House of Representatives and not a Senator. This chairman's job is to oversee proposals for laws. If a proposal...
Is it good to elect someone president for life?
No- it is not a good idea. For one thing, such elections are rarely honest, I do not know of any country that freely decided to elect presidents for life. What usually happens if that a president is elected for a fixed term and then gets the constitution changed to make him president for life. However, if some country did democratically elect a president for life, how would they know in advance who would be a good president? The primary problem here may...
Asked in Political Science, Political Theory
What is a revolutionary's view of society?
A revolutionary is a radical supporter of political or social revolution against society, regardless of ethics and morality. A revolutionary is in many ways similar to an anarchist, one who favors abolishing any form of government not of his/her choosing in spite the wishes of the majority. ...
Is it is good to elect president for life?
No, electing someone to a position for life has some serious drawbacks, and unless the system they work inside of is designed to counteract these drawbacks, then it definitely can be a very bad thing. The primary problem is lack of accountability. A "president for life" has no real incentive to change their behavior, since they have no possibility of losing the position, except through violent overthrow or resignation. In such a position, the president (by human nature) will tend to accumulate wealth...
Asked in Political Science, Ontario, Canada Politics
Who is the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario?
Currently, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is the Honourable David C. Onley. He was appointed by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada, on the advice of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada, on 5 September 2007, and represents Her Majesty the Queen of Canada in Right of Ontario. David Onley ...
What are some good colleges or universities in the US to attend if you want to major in political science?
One way to determine if a particular college or university has a strong political science department is to visit college websites and browse around in the social sciences departments. ...
A group of like-minded people who meet to choose candidates for office?
A group of like-minded people who act is this way is usually known as a party. ...
What are some of the reasons political systems breakdown and lead to political revolutions?
There are many theories on why polities breakdown into revolutions. Some include: Class struggle (historical materialism) - people exist is distinct 'classes' and these classes have different interests. When technology changes significantly, our relations also change and thus the old system is changed. When change is repressed, a revolution might begin. Political violence - elites struggle for power over a polity (state) and will use revolution as a means to achieve mass popular support. Relative deprivation - in conditions of economic downturns or high levels of...
What motivates people to seek religious freedom?
Religion, as with many other human ideologies, is not purely a personal thing but also a form of communication and identification. In society, therefore, religion often encompasses not only belief but active expression and participation in affairs involved with that religion (which vary based on the religion in question). Because religion, in my opinion, has this element, there is a motivation for people with belief systems to wish for protections in their religious lives. In history, this often has taken place when a...
What is the Archipelagic Doctrine?
The Archipelagic Doctrine is a specification in the Filipino Constitution of 1973 defining the boundaries of the country. It stated: "[T]he national territory comprises the Philippine archipelago with all the islands and waters embraced therein and all the other territories belonging to the Philippines..." This doctrine means, therefore, that the country, with its thousands of islands and many seas, should be considered as a political unit for reasons of history, law, geography, economics, and security. Also, when questions involving territorial conflicts arise, the Philippines uses...
Why does the Democratic Party support higher taxes and more government?
Disclaimer: political parties in the United States generally lacked the kind of ideological unity and discipline found in other Western countries, so it is problematic to claim the Democratic Party or Democrats support any particular ideological platform when, in fact, they may vary intensely (as may Republicans). The question misstates fact. In actuality, Democrats generally support lower taxes where possible. The tradeoff will always be whether one wants the government to do more, such as maintaining Social Security, inspecting our food, enforcing our...
Asked in Political Science
What are the myths and facts about sovereignty?
Sovereignty is the independence obtained by a region /country in terms of area/bounderies,freedom from all types of influences with in as well as external. But the fact is it can be maintained if you are might as it is right. ...
What are motives for imperialism?
Answer 1 1) Economic: motives included the desire to make money, to expand and control foreign trade, to create new markets for products, to acquire raw materials and cheap labor, to compete for investments and resources, and to export industrial technology and transportation methods. 2) Political: motives were based on a nation's desire to gain power, to compete with other European countries, to expand territory, to exercise military force, to gain prestige by winning colonies, and to boost national pride and security. 3) Religious: motives...
What are the differences between American and European political parties?
Europe in general, particularly Scandinavia, is simply more socialist than the United States. Where an American conservative would see the Democrat party as borderline communist, understand that from a European's perspective, the Democrats are barely left wing. They are marginally more to the left than right, and it all comes down to perspective. Saying that Democrats are Liberal and Republicans are Conservative would be disingenuous. These are only truths for those within the United States who have the same American perspective. The common...
Why is the study of political science important?
Ours is the age politics. The government has become the business of everybody. Whether we like it or not, we are part of the state from the moment we are born to the day we die. Our birth, marriage, and death must be registered with the state. Secondly, it will broaden our knowledge about our duties and obligations as a citizen, what government is, what state is and discuss political issues and concerns. We can even criticize effectively cases of incompetence, dishonesty...