With open borders and thus overpopulation, a country will be unable to uphold its beliefs and will fall to disparities within social class, old prejudices, and government corruption. However, immigration is important in the American identity. It brings new ideas, opportunities, and individualism to the country which allows it to evolve. Immigrants are part of America and their cultures should not be forgotten under American assimilation. Thus, through having primary standards, people are able to embrace their own culture and unify with others.
His work in Warpaths becomes appealing from the fact that he uses many demonstrations to support his arguments. Altogether, Steele manages to convince his readers that the invasions of North America produced long-lasting impacts on the natives. Therefore, the author’s main conclusion would be that he considers that America would not have become a country if there were no invasions. The rationale is simple, that the continent is diverse in culture and other social aspects, which are effects of the wars. However, his work is too complicated to be understood at first reading because of introduction of new events on almost each page of the
When a group of people face adversity and insist on change, despite the occurring oppression, we will always rise to the challenge to demand what is rightfully ours. The history of our people throughout the world is riddled with stories like such, heroism and defeat stains the pages of history books. However, every cry for revolution is one heard around the world, yet not all of us revel in the feeling of community to render oppressive behavior extinct. The United States of America rests upon foundations of freedom and equality, without this foundation the authenticity of our mission and our morals become scrutinized. The Declaration of Independence portrays how the founders of this nation felt about Britain’s tyranny, as well as separating
His weakness in his argument comes from the failure to acknowledge how some of these instances have changed the world for the better, such as fighting for other countries to have freedom. Ponnuru covers many of the same points that Bacevich does, such as invasion of other countries and the economic status of American people, but instead sees them as a way to make America greater. He starts by explaining his point of view and the opposing political opinions and proceeds to make his argument by discussing the founding of America and how it came to be such a strong nation, then uses examples supporting the claim that Barack Obama is not in favor of American exceptionalism. He does an excellent job of giving details and examples including the 2003 Gallup survey and quotes from President Obama. Overall Ponnuru supports his opinion by using facts; however the article has a strong conservative bias, and should be interpreted as such.
Another example of where cultures put biases in place can be seen in the essay “Where Worlds Collide” by Pico Iyer. The author states, “Heads still partly in the clouds, bodies still several time zones - or centuries - away, and they step into the Promised Land.” The bias that is being shown here is that other cultures perceive the American culture to be a culture that lets you follow your dreams and find many opportunities to make a living. While some of the restrictions placed upon civilians are as strict as their previous countries’, the restrictions in place are much different. This shows that a culture can create their own bias for others to look at, giving people to think certain things about the culture they are living
In conclusion, it can be stated that multiculturalism works better in theory than in practice. Although I may agree with Kymlicka that multiculturalism is a wonderful rhetorical question to send out to the Canadian population, I think his explanations are rather shallow as he fails to acknowledge the disadvantages and problems of multiculturalism. Canada may describe itself as multicultural, but there is a lot of work that must be done before it can be described as intercultural. For the moment, it is not clear what multicultural policy is and how it may or may not be related to diversity and oppositional cultures. Baron’s article is more in line with interculturalism which takes for granted the centrality of Canadian culture, but then works
One of the ideas that spoke to me the most was the relationship between legislation and the government. Coolidge supported the notion that people must rely on themselves, rather than legislation to get them through life, and that more laws, regulations, and taxes hurt people. Agreeing strongly, I believe that these values are often forgotten this day in age because the masses have become accustomed to receiving governmental aid. The government has become too large and powerful, and leaders must acknowledge the harm that this responsibility places on both the people and the system. Power must instead be given back to the people by the ridding of unnecessary laws, regulations, and programs.
People tend to look at the world through their own unique lens, drawing upon past experiences to interpret the world around them. Some may say that these differing perceptions of the world are the building blocks of diversity, fostering cultural growth and unity. Sometimes, however, people mistake their individualized viewpoints as truth, neglecting the ideas of others. As a result, this myopic outlook blinds many from seeing themselves truly as the rest of the world might see them. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, there is a clear distinction between the outsider’s perception and the individual’s own perception; the titular character lives in a world of fantasy at the expense of reality.
As The Great Gatsby has proven, in more ways than imaginable, one’s social class cannot be decided based upon any one measly factor, but rather a combination of the given characteristics of an individual. Personal evolution is the key as pertained to social classes. Saying, though, how difficult it is for one to modify oneself for the benefit of others, change may not always be possible. In the end, a lion’s share of individuals will revert to their formal social class and the work they put in would be nothing but dust in the wind. Humans like to believe that there is always a way to better oneself, and, in some cases, there is, but in reality, many who want to become a part of the upper community will drown attempting to continue that lifestyle.
In the following chapters, he talks on multiple aspects of the effects of America’s multiculturalism such as its effects how history is written or how it effects our schools. Now while there aren’t any counterpoints to his actually thesis, he does address how everyone does not agree on every topic. For instance, in chapter 1 “A New Race” he speaks on how some people feel that America shouldn’t have just one race and should be divided into groups based on their ancestors. The research and scholarship that Schlesinger uses supports his thesis outstandingly seeing as he uses sources that support both sides of an argument to show that multiculturalism has had many conflicting