Governments all through the ages have used intimidation, intrigue and lies to get what they want. Before the Greeks invented the idea of democracy, it was a survival of the strongest and the smartest. Despite the speed that governments accomplished their motives, people eventually got brave and decided to risk their current state of well being in hopes of a better life. Sometimes the people succeeded in overthrowing the government and sometimes they do not. In Jack London’s book “The Sea Wolf” London’s addressed how fear creeps into the minds of the people.
If you are reading your history book, a play, or even watching the news today, you will see how people abuse the power that they have over somethings. There have been many leaders and people who abuse their power over civilization and places. Even the littlest taste of power often leads them to corruption. Many times, citizens and adversaries riot over some of the things that they disagree on and, in some cases, murder comes in to play.
To begin, the foundation of every government’s power has always been fear. Governments depend on public fear to secure societal position. Tracing back to thousands of years ago, governments relied primarily on conquests. The research author Robert Higgs argues, “Losers who were not slain in the conquest itself had to endure the consequent rape and pillage and in the long term to acquiesce in the continuing payment of tribute to the insistent rulers.” In other words, Higgs’s point emphasizes that the government violently conquested lands and hence attacked people living there in the old times.
George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, both share fear as a common theme. Fear as a tool can control, change, and force people to do things that do not seem acceptable, such as make people turn on others, become violent, and forgo their belief system. Fear can be used in many different ways, such as controlling a population of people to gain power or wealth. In The Time Machine, a group of people called the Eloi, had direct power over another group called the Morlocks. In 1984, one small group of people called the “brother hood” had complete control of society.
In the 1984 society , people are purposely left to feel alone to make them fear getting caught by the Party. Although many people commit thoughtcrime, they will remain silent because they know the consequences of engaging in rebellion. This constant source of fear holds the community together and manipulates people’s thought processes. The government often leaves the people
Silencing those who suffer from structural violence and concealing their stories in order to spare those in power is the final characteristic of structural violence. According to Paul Farmer, “the poor are not only more likely to suffer; they are also more likely to have their suffering silenced” (25). By suppressing their suffering, the world is unable to understand the suffering that is taking place and therefore cannot put an end to such events. The rich will continue on with their lives while the poor will have to continue struggling and making ends meet by any means
In Michael Levin’s “The Case for Torture”, he uses many cases of emotional appeal to persuade the reader that torture is necessary in extreme cases. There are many terms/statements that stick with the reader throughout the essay so that they will have more attachment to what is being said. Levin is particularly leaning to an audience based in the United States because he uses an allusion to reference an event that happened within the states and will better relate to the people that were impacted by it. The emotional appeals used in this essay are used for the purpose of persuading the reader to agree that in extreme instances torture is necessary and the United States should begin considering it as a tactic for future cases of extremity. One major eye catching factor of this essay is the repetitive use of words that imply certain stigmas.
In Michael Levin's The Case for Torture, Levin provides an argument in which he discusses the significance of inflicting torture to perpetrators as a way of punishment. In his argument, he dispenses a critical approach into what he believes justifies torture in certain situations. Torture is assumed to be banned in our culture and the thought of it takes society back to the brutal ages. He argues that societies that are enlightened reject torture and the authoritative figure that engage in its application risk the displeasure of the United States. In his perspective, he provides instances in which wrongdoers put the lives of innocent people at risk and discusses the aspect of death and idealism.
Introduction Human history is abundant in examples of individuals who have amassed such power with themselves that have allowed them to control entire populations, and often unleash tyranny and oppression upon millions of people. Throughout history there have been individuals who have held an iron grip over entire nations, concentrating totalitarian power with themselves, denying any freedom to people, crushing any form of dissent, and often unleashing mass violence, terror, and in some cases genocide. These people have shaped the future of peoples, regions and continents, starting wars and conflicts, and determining the course of millions of lives. And because of this very fact, that a single person could such a huge impact over the lives of so many people, it is very important to study the very factors that caused these individuals to make the decisions that they did, specifically, the factors and that shaped up the personality of these
While analyzing “The Torture Myth” and “The Case for Torture”, it is very clear to see the type of rhetorical appeals used to persuade the audience. Anne Applebaum, the writer of “The Torture Myth” --in context of the decision of electing a new Attorney General--would argue that torture is very seldomly effective, violates a person’s rights, and should be outlawed due to the irrational need upon which physical torture is used. On the other hand, Michael Levin strongly argues that physical torture is crucial to solving every imminent danger to civilians. Levin claims that if you don’t physically torture someone, you are being weak and want to allow innocent people to die over something that could have been simply done.
When you have a dictatorship power and people look to you as a God you respect them, if people tried to leave or take that power away or from you the first thought shouldn’t be to kill them by poison them with potassium cyanide. When someone treats you wrong you just leave them, you don’t give them enough arsenic poison to kill them for not doing what you read in love stories. Jim Jones committed a mass murder by potassium cyanide poisoning while Nannie Doss created a series of murders along her years by arsenic poisoning. In this research paper we get to look back on Jim Jones and Nannie Doss’s earlier childhood, what actually made them notorious, and how their crime spree ended.
It’s meaning is simple. “The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events” (Dictionary). That is exactly what the Cuban Revolution was all about, the battle for power. Fulgencio Batista was the leader of Cuba before and during the revolution. He was the deep-rooted cause of the Cuban revolution. Batista became far more dictatorial when he took control of Cuba. He became indifferent to popular concerns or commands. The Cuban Revolution pitted Batista against Fidel Castro (and the Cuban people) in a fight for control of Cuba. This fight eventually also involved the USA and Russia, which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. At this time, Cuba had become the first Communist state in the western hemisphere. This scared the U.S.; they didn’t want the “Red Menace” in their own backyard (Green 77). For the Cubans, the Cuban Revolution marked the end of half a century of unstable government, international and national corruption and foreign dominance by the United States (Stoner 1). Although a controversial figure for most Cubans, Fidel Castro successfully overthrew an unfair and cruel government system by overcoming several significant roadblocks, developing unusual allies to plot the overthrow of Batista and finally taking control promising democracy, land reform and other major political and economic
In mid-March of 2011, the Syrian people protested the torture of students and fiercely demanded reforms, then, the government killed four protesters. This results in a full blown civil war, still ongoing to this very day. In both of these cases, revolutions are fighting against the politics of barbaric totalitarianism