Social Darwinism - 446 words
In the late 19th Century a term called Social Darwinism was established to describe the idea that humans, like plants and animals, compete in a struggle for existence. Social Darwinists base their beliefs on theories of evolution developed by British scientist and naturalist Charles Darwin. Darwin also created "The Survival of the Fittest," meaning that the strong will survive and the weak will perish. Some social darwinists deny that they approve of the theory that the strongest will survive, but many of their arguments justify imbalances of power because they consider some people more fit to survive than others. Social Darwinism is a variety of social policies and theories from reducing th ...
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Hitler And Social Darwinism - 1,169 words
Though there are still some out there that try to deny it, the fact still remains that the Holocaust of WWII really did happen. How can anyone truthfully deny it? All the evidence is there. The concentration camps, the gash chambers, the documents, and lets not forget the millions of dead Jews, Gypsies, Negroes, and anyone else who opposed the evil known as the Nazis. Why did Hitler want so many people dead? Why did the man known as The Fuhrer want to exterminate and entire religious race? How was he able to convince so many millions of his divine status that they were willing to sacrifice both their own lives and the lives of other human beings for his faith? Hitler said before the outbreak ...
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None Provided - 1,120 words
John Davison Rockefeller has been accused by many as being a Robber Baron over the past century. He created the most powerful corporation the United States had ever seen: The Standard Oil Company. He began Standard Oil in 1865 and by 1881, it was comprised of more than forty other companies. In 1882 Rockefeller created the Standard Oil Trusts, and his company had become the most efficient corporation, producing the highest quality products as well as charging the lowest prices. Unlike Jay Gould, who used the judicial system to acquire companies, make a profit, and then leave that company in bankruptcy, Rockefeller was philanthropic in his endeavors, incorporating his acquired companies into ...
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Me And Punishment - 623 words
A very brief background of Crime and Punishment is in order before I begin my discourse. The novel was written in the late 1860's. The main characters are lower middle class, on the brink of poverty, and most show the Russian affection for drink. A young, schooled Russian idealist named Rodion Raskolnikov has been expelled from university and is broke. He contemplates committing the perfect crime to alleviate him from his current downtrodden status. His 'perfect' crime is to rob and murder the local pawnbroker at a time when he knows she will be alone in the shop. He does not consider his act a crime for two main reasons. One, the woman he plans to kill is good for nothing anyway, and does n ...
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The Wealth Of Nations Vs The Communist Manifesto - 1,277 words
"The Wealth of Nations" vs. "The Communist Manifesto" Looking at the beginnings of civilization, one can identify a common theme between almost all prior cities and nations. This theme was and still is that these civilizations were structured and divided according to different powers, no matter it being social, economic, or political power. An example of this can be seen when examining the Feudal system of the Medieval period, when power was held by kings and lords, while peasants had barely if any say in rule. Many have had their say in what they believe to be the "utopian system," by which nations and states should be run. Their perfect system for economics and society have been based on a ...
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Jesus Or Hitler - 1,464 words
Anti-Semitism was widespread in Europe at the time Hitler came to power. Much of this anti-Semitism was rooted, first, in religious beliefs that arose more than 1500 years before Hitler came to power, and second, on political beliefs, often cynically exploited for political gain. Though it was not accepted by everyone, this existing anti-Semitism was common and provided a receptive audience for Hitler's anti-Semitic claims. Hitler did not just exploit the existing anti-Semitism in Germany; he changed it and built on it until it became an all-consuming obsession both for himself and for the rest of the National Socialist leadership. The most significant difference between traditional anti-Sem ...
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African Americans Versus The Social Sciences - 2,706 words
... e a loss of self-control and a disregard for custom and good taste." The size of the smaller Negro brain shows how inferior Negroes are. The deficiencies of the Negro brain can be blamed because "its physical growth" is "halted abruptly at puberty." Puberty is the moment in which the Negro body and brain cease to develop. It seems odd to consider that the brain will stop developing at such an early period in ones life, preventing further enlargement and development of the intellectual properties of the brain. At this stage the brain possesses the process of perception, memory, and motor responses. It is after puberty where critical thinking, comprehension of complex situations and "abili ...
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A Study Of Jack London - 617 words
A Study of Jack London's Belief in Darwinism Jack London has a strong belief in Darwinism, survival of the fittest, during the late 1800's through the early 1900's, when he wrote. Throughout his writings, many characters display London's belief in Darwinism. In the novel, The Call of the Wild, Jack London's belief in social darwinism is portrayed by animals interacting with humans, each other, and the environment. This can be shown through Buck, a house dog turned sled dog, interacting with his masters, other dogs, and the Yukon wilderness. As Buck travels from master to master throughout the course of the novel he learns, through trial and error, what behavior brings rewards, and that which ...
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Into The Abyssmarquis De Sade And The Enlightenment - 1,296 words
... ood or evil, and that one should subside to their natural instinct, whatever it may be. Pascsal detected the fallible state of nature and man as well. He differed from La Mettrie and others, however, because he believed that the only relief from the ills of society and circumstance of life was in faith in God, not reason. Rousseau too believed that culture was artificial, that it was constructed by society and not natural. Rousseau, however, still believed that culture should transcend an indifferent and amoral nature. He accounts for evil and justice in the world and urges to fight against them, to transcend them. It was inevitable, and logical that the Marquis de Sade would be able to ...
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Religion Versus Common Sense - 1,040 words
Of all the things learned and decided in ones life, the subject of religion is always considered the most important. This report very well may upset some of the Bible belt Christians, who cannot seem to allow any thought or idea but there own, but it needs to be said. The basis is simple, in todays world, and especially here in America, the concept of religion has taken an unfortunate turn. The power of religion has been given almost solely to the wrong people. Priest, Evangelist, Pastors, Cardinals, and all the rest have been given the power to interpret the Bible to their liking. People who attend church believe that they are going to Heaven simply for the fact that they attend every Sunda ...
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The Occult And Main Stream Faith - 1,338 words
In the period of history in which we are living, a very strong element of revolt exists, revolt against all established institutions. This is good. Those established institutions are, for the most part, extremely oppressive of human personal liberty and human freedom of thought and religion. We today are told to live life by one set of rules, which are to love and to worship one god. When we are first born, our parents tell us what a great thing god is. Whether we are Catholics, Agnostic, Atheist, or Christian and that we should never sin. I could never see past the smoke screen of this one. Its okay to sin, but just pray after you do it and god will give you the big okay to live life with a ...
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If Capitol Walls Could Talk - 2,331 words
Militarily, the Spanish-American War (1898) was not a monumental war. The war was brief, included few battles, and the US generally had an easy time of it, with the war's outcome never in much doubt. Secretary of State John Hay called it a "splendid little war." Internationally, however, the war had major historical significance. The Spanish-American War signaled the emergence of the US as a great power onto the world stage of international relations and diplomacy. The war did not make the US a great power: the rapid industrialization and economic growth of the previous decades had done that. However, the war did announce to the rest of the world that the US was now a major player. Lifting i ...
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Imperalism - 1,305 words
Colonialism is an important concept to address because it has had such a major impact on the modern world. It is often responsible for the movement of peoples throughout the world and is often a factor in the rate of development of nations. In their acquisition of Asian colonies, the European imperialists were driven by several motives. They wanted new sources of raw materials and precious metals, and (later) new markets; but they also claimed that they were assuming responsibility for bringing Christian salvation to the heathen. There was, moreover, a prestige to be gained from the possession of colonies. These three motives for early imperialism are often summed up as 'Gold, Gospel and Glo ...
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Nietzsche And Loa Tzu - 1,465 words
As I read more of Nietzsche and Loa Tzu, there is an increasing similarity between the basic structures of both philosophical hypotheses than there is difference. Though the outcomes differ, and even the rational of both mens thought process are plotted differently, and suggest drastically different ideal lifestyles, both works, the Tao Te Ching and the Will to Power argue for first an acceptance of an immoral world, a world with no true good nor evil, nor up nor down, but rather just man as he is and nature, connected to man, just the way it is. Originally its thought that human nature dictates a nature of man, a habit of mans control, whereas others side with thoughts that man patterns aft ...
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Two Core Nations - 1,028 words
Immanuel Wallerstien presents a theory that the World System is a capitalistic shifting of power of core states over selected peripheries. In order to support this theory you must look back on he history of capitalism as it stated to grow. Also you must understand what a core and periphery are. A core is a dominating state or nation by means of economics, military, and social structure. and the periphery is the state or nation in which is dominated or exploited by the core state or nation. Back in the 19th century we can see a large rise in capitalist backed imperialism ways of thinking in the expansion of the British empire, and its status as a dominating global power. We can also see the e ...
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The Effect Of The Mcgufey Readers Had On Homogenizing America - 1,095 words
"McGuffey's Homogenized America" The McGuffey Readers helped to shape the young minds of millions of children. Used as a learning tool, they could be found in school rooms everywhere, especially in the Midwest. For some people, they were the only source of reading material available. They were very widely published, second only to the King James Bible in printed volumes. About 50 to 100 million copies were published between 1836 and 1890. In short, the McGuffey readers were radically popular. Because these books were so incredibly influential, one must question the content that they presented, which would inevitably have an effect on the people who would read it. While the readers consisted ...
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Wwi - 2,105 words
... not, for the events shattered all positive beliefs and hopes of the Western Civilization. Joll's work is thus an efficient multi spectral analysis. The additional explanatory models, although they are sometimes contradictory, complement each other in providing the future historian, and any reader, with an answer as to what caused WWI. Which explanatory model, however, seems to provide the best answers as to the cause? Joll's analysis of militarism, strategic planning and militarism, provide the best explanation as to what ignited WWI, whereas Lammers' model is a good counter balance for Mayer's domestic policy explanation and explains what did not spark the conflict. The influence of dom ...
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A View To A Death In The Morning - 1,191 words
History is replete with separate classifications of the human world and the realm of the wild. Hunters, Philosophers, and writers throughout time have drawn a fine distinction between the wild world and the world of Homo sapiens. However, is this distinction merely a justification to make hunting a morally correct endeavor? Perhaps mankind rationalizes the ultimate goal of the hunt in order to provide himself with a loophole or scapegoat-a way to ultimately separate his existence from other non-human animals. In order to fully understand Matt Carmill's definition of what hunting is, we must consider the validity of the countless attempts of man to distinguish between his world and the wild w ...
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Genetics - 1,647 words
Why is AIDS so difficult to cure? How does the AIDS virus attack the body? In 1979, the first reported AIDS case occurred in New York, and by mid-June 1981, unusual immune system failure among gay men was surfacing in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) initially name the disease GRID, or gay-related immune deficiency, because it was prominently found among homosexuals. It appeared to be a lifestyle-associated illness, linked to excessive stress to the immune system. Researchers believed that a highly infectious agent, which depleted T cells and could be transmitted through intercourse, blood, or blood products from mother to fetus, caused GRID. In July of 1982, the dis ...
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Colonialism Changed The Roles Of Europeans - 1,176 words
Colonialism changed the roles of Europeans of the early 1900's or late 1800's? One of the most famous slogans of the age of global colonization was: "The sun never sets on the British Empire." As recently as 1940, world maps showed large areas colored pink, representing regions dominated by the British. Much of Africa was pink, along with India, Malaya, Hong Kong, and other scattered territories in Asia and the Americas. The existence of an empire on which the sun never set helped instill in the individual British citizen tremendous pride, and the need to become personally a devoted imperialist. For more than 100 years, the fact that Britain was an empire had changed the British man's life, ...
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