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In A Post-truth Era Is Truth A Necessary Condition for Society to Change?

In this era of trickle-down economics with the increasing income disparity between the wealthy and the rest of society, a polarized debate has ensued on how to address the issue. Rousseau insisted that men must bear the moral responsibility for … Continue reading

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Potential as a Freedom

Life is an unstable equilibrium between agency and determinism. Human agency is a collective of systemic thinkers and doers creating conditions where individuals can transform the status quo. Causal determinism is the idea that every event is necessitated by antecedent … Continue reading

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Part 1 of 2. Creating Opportunities: A Comparison of Top-down and Bottom–up Systems

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), a political philosopher and essayist, described an endemic moral inequality that was related to power and wealth. As men come together, Rousseau claimed, there is a drive to compare themselves to others – driving men to seek … Continue reading

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Part 1 of 2. The Class System and Education

The value referred to as the American Dream is indicative of the American social class system. The American Dream reflects what we see as the kind of equality of opportunity that can exist only in a class system. Americans believe … Continue reading

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Equality and Freedom

John Locke (1632-1704) popularized the concept of natural rights and freedom. Human freedom meant being free from as many constraints as possible. Natural rights (also called moral rights or inalienable rights) are the rights that are not contingent upon the … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street Success

John Locke (1632-1704) claimed that individuals had the fundamental natural rights of “life, liberty, and property,” and it was the government’s responsibility to protect them. Locke supported economic inequality with his vigorous support of the right to property. There is … Continue reading

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Bad Choices and Poverty

October 17 was the International Day for the eradication of poverty. It highlights the need for individuals, communities, business, and government to look beyond myths to the realities of poverty and to partner together for lasting solutions. The present weakness is … Continue reading

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