In the New York Times article “The Harm in Free Speech”, Stanley Fish argues that it would make no difference if Jeremy Waldron’s book, “The Harm in Hate Speech,” was titled “The Harm in Free Speech”. While providing an insightful review of the novel, Fish promotes the ideas depicted in the novel. Fish argues that American society is obsessed with using the First Amendment to say outwardly offensive statements. Fish asserts that “hate speech” is not simply expressing an opinion, but rather a way to belittle members of society a person deems unworthy. Americans hide behind the First Amendment and use it as a justification to spew hate speech. There is a difference between having hurt feelings when two people simply differ on views of a matter and what is deemed as “dignity harms”, which is when people are deemed as unworthy of respect. Fish believes that the First Amendment is indifferent to the effects on society.
Sigmund Freud once said, “Most people do not really want freedom because freedom involves responsibility and most people are frightened of responsibility.” This quote in my opinion means that even though most people say they want freedom to do whatever they want, they really don’t because they’re too scared to accept responsibility for their actions. The character John hurt a lot of people in this novel because he is too afraid to be responsible. He would rather have a party than take care of a sick man’s house. He is not a good role model. In The Pigman by Paul Zindel, the character John Conlan’s philosophy on life is too irresponsible and selfish.
Of all the characters featured in Lord of the Flies who relates to the book’s overall meaning and purpose the most? Piggy. William Golding purposely wrote this as an allegorical story, meaning almost everything -including characters- alludes to or symbolizes something else. I choose Piggy because he is the strongest example of this. Statements made by him, statements said about him, his appearance, his ideas, his death...all of these examples and more have a deeper meaning that just isn’t present within the other characters. These allusions are present throughout the entire story and build upon each-other.
The story “The Pigman” by Paul Zindel is a very good book in my opinion. The book is about two kids who’s avocation is pranking. They love to prank people when they are with eachother. When they prank people they sometimes mortify them and try to make them look bad or stupid. In the story the one main charachter Lorraine, called a man by the name of Angelo Pignati and he anwsered the phone. Lorraine decided to Have some prevarications. She told Mr. Pignati that she and the other main charachter John, were charity workers and they wanted a donation. Mr. Pignati agreed to it and he said that they should come over to his house so he could give the money to them in person. They agreed to do that and they went over to his house the next day. Lorraine was antagonistic and did not want to collect the money while John really wanted to get the money from him. They both went over to the pigmans to collect the money.
The theme of the book “A day no pigs would die” is the changes of a boy growing to a man and coming-of-age. The main character, Robert Peck, is at a stage in his life that he must mature. He is challenged and is coming-of-age to uphold important responsibilities. He must learn to accept responsibilities, assume new roles, and take charge in situations. These factors come into the book to help Robert grow as a person and mature into a man.
It is said that readers are usually intrigued by villains, either due to their evil and complex personality or their extreme power and unlimited way of acting.
To illustrate, the way he acts with Mary one of his supporters that work with him, even do she is a little over weight he does nothing to hurt her because he is in the need of having her on his side. But when the token doesn’t fit with his girlfriend who’s the model of I heart Huckabee’s she gets replaced with a sexier person to be keep the views of I heart Huckabee’s on the top.
Nicholas Kristof’s “3 Peerless Republicans for President: Trump, Carson and Fiorina”, deems the leading candidates from the Grand Old Party unfit for presidency, and the public’s fixation with them a temporary affair. Multiple previous controversies being detailed, and the use notably bleak statistics help undermine the contenders while urging voters to look elsewhere. Kristof utilizes harsh diction with a simple, yet critical tone to denounce the trio, and further his own
In “Unfit to be President”: 58 House Democrats want to start debating the impeachment of Donald Trump by Ezra Klein, he discusses the possibility of current U.S. president Donald Trump being impeached is a good thing for democrats. Klein claims that it would be a waste of time and effort for democrats. He says this because they don’t have enough support to complete impeachment and impeachment is a near impossible task. He discusses how Rep. Al Green has a proposal to impeach Trump, which he says is well intentioned but would never get through Congress.
In the excerpt from “The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform”, John Samples argues that the passing of the McCain-Feingold Act is no means for celebration. Samples argues that money and Freedom of Speech, as well as other rights enunciated in the Constitution, are intertwined. Samples begins by examining the purposes of the McCain-Feingold Act. Although the law itself explains little about its purposes and the “special interest” influences it tried to reduce, supporters of the Act expected the law to accomplish many purposes. These purposes include curbing special interests, such as stopping the use of soft money as a means of buying influence, ending the appearance of corruption, and reducing some kinds of political advertising, such as issue ads, which target particular candidates in an attempt to influence the outcome of an election. Samples continues to describe the purposes as chronicled by its supporters. These purposes include promoting democracy, increasing political equality, regaining control of campaign finance, and realizing the public interest. The other purposes include restoring trust in government, increasing electoral competition, improving political discourse,
The Allegory of the Cave is one of the most famous metaphors in Western philosophy. This continuous metaphor speaks about educations effects on the human soul. As one of the prisoners held in the cave is freed from his bonds he is able to begin experiencing reality, however painful the initial reaction is. When the same prisoner leaves the cave he is blinded, but eventually adjusts and views the world around him and acknowledges the sun as the cause for everything he sees. The sun essentially is representative of a Form of the Good and thus the prisoner has reached a type of higher understanding. This higher understand is then suppose to be given to the other prisoners by the initial discoverer. However, who is to say that the man who has been given this higher understanding will not abuse his knowledge in order to manipulate others into following him. Additionally, this man was enlightened on his own and thus the enlightenment he bestows upon others may be increasingly separate from reality. As he explains the meaning of all he is seeing and
As American voters have to make the important decision of who to vote for on November 8th, it is imperative for voters to become informed on the candidates, in both facts of policy and opinion, and of their respective personalities. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer takes advantage of this time of discovery and trial with the candidates, in his weekly columns to The Washington Post, where he both appeals to logos and utilizes allusions to expand on his political arguments.
In Patrick Buchanan’s essay “Deconstructing America” he mentions in regards of the creation of America, “But that republic and that empire did not rise because the settlers and those who followed believed in diversity, equality, and democracy, but because they rejected diversity, equality, and democracy. (Buchanan 597) Mr. Patrick Buchanan clarifies what the founding fathers of this nation were based, shaped, and modeled by rejecting any close contact with today’s melting pot model, which it led to an era of chaos when this sense of thoughts were implemented. Even though the melting pot model shows how cultural pluralism might create cultural separatism due to America losing its fundamental traditions and
For my book report I read the book The Pigman by Paul Zindel. The book is about two sophomores named John and Lorraine who befriend a man named Angelo Pignati over the phone while they were prank calling random strangers with two friends from school. Each chapter of the book is written in the perspective of either John or Lorraine and they are telling the story on a school typewriter in their library. John started out in the first chapter and Lorraine took the second then John took the third and it went back and forth from there.
A boy runs after his mother, grabs her hand, and pleads, “Don’t do it, mama! Don’t do it!” The mother tears her hand away and screams, “Ungrateful child! You cannot cannot stop me. I’m going to jump! I’m going to jump off the old bay bridge!” Across the country, a little girl hides under her bed as her father stumbles around, his words slurred as he calls her name, a whip in hand. More children than society believes goes through experiences such as this every day. Up until about 50 years ago, the country completely ignored how this background could affect adolescent growth and integration into society. Paul Zindel went against the grain, and with his novel The Pigman, tries to make ignorant America understand what teenagers can go through