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Free Will - Free Will A definition of free will, as we have seen, can be misunderstood and easily distorted. For the purpose of this essay free will, will be defined as the ability to chose, express ones feelings, emotions, or actions unconditionally. From the first time I understood the meaning of what free will was, I believed in it 100%. I had the right and ability to choose what ever I liked. Not only did I believe that I had free will but if I ever heard otherwise I felt that the other person did not have a clear understanding of what free will was, and as a result I could demonstrate a fairly strong persuasive argument opposing anything but the existence of free will....   [tags: Papers] 659 words
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Free Will - Free Will I want to argue that there is indeed free will. In order to defend the position that free will means that human beings can cause some of what they do on their own; in other words, what they do is not explainable solely by references to factors that have influenced them. My thesis then, is that human beings are able to cause their own actions and they are therefore responsible for what they do. In a basic sense we are all original actors capable of making moves in the world. We are initiators of our own behavior....   [tags: Papers] 1156 words
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Should Government Funding of the Arts be Restricted? - Should Government Funding of the Arts be Restricted. The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an established religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof'; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This amendment, founded on the strong and open minds of the Founding Fathers, made certain that free speech be incorporated into America's free and democratic society....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Free Will - Free Will The debate on free will is a very deep issue that cannot be answered simply. Each person must come to his or her own conclusions based on a mixture of several factors: understanding the proposed question, studying religious beliefs, doctrines and materials, and simply drawing from life experience. In my opinion, Erasmus had a better argument against Luther for the debate of free will in humans, however, he was not entirely right in his assumptions, either. He proposed that we all have free will- we control our own actions and choose to accept or reject the way of God....   [tags: Papers] 360 words
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Free Will - Free Will “Free Will and its effect on the Greeks, Christians, and Romans” Free will is defined as: Voluntary choice or decision; freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention (Webster’s Online Collegiate Dictionary). Free will had an effect on the Greeks, Christians, and the Romans. Three stories, Oedipus the King, the Bible, and the Aenied, respectively, that we have studied and that fall in each society are examples of how free will is altered by different societies and how it effects their lives....   [tags: essays papers]
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It’s Time to Limit Restrict Hate Speech - It’s Time to Limit Restrict Hate Speech Free speech is the backbone that holds democracy together.  Without a free speech, ideas would not be challenged, governments would not be kept in check, and citizens would not be free.  John Stuart Mill said once that, “If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person then he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”( Roleff, 21)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Free Will - Free Will Everything that happens has a cause and every cause has an effect. Effect strictly follows cause every time. This is an necessary logical tool for humans in understanding the world around them. Because humans understand the concept of time it means that they can then understand that some things always happen after other things. Spotting these patterns allows them to then deliberately cause certain effects by mimicking or instigating the cause they had previously observed....   [tags: Papers] 637 words
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Exemplification Essay: I'll Die for My Confederate Flag -   "America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've got to want it bad. Cause it's going to put up a fight. It's going to say, you want free speech. Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil.....Who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free. Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest....   [tags: Argumentative, Exemplification Essay]
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Internet Censorship Essay - Freedom of Cyber-Speech - Freedom of Cyber-Speech        Freedom of speech has always been an important issue in American society.  With the advent of the Internet as a high-speed communication device, this issue has become even more prominent in recent years.  This paper will explore the issue of whether the Internet should be censored. Additionally, it will investigate possible methods for undertaking this censorship.               Since 1787, the Constitution has been integral part of American society.  The First Amendment to the Constitution, passed in 1791, reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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MP3's Benefit both Consumers and Record Companies - You read the newest interview of your favorite band talking with Rolling Stone. In that interview, they are asked whom they are listening to these days. The answer is not what you expected. The rest of the interview is all about this new band that they are raving about. Who is this new band, and why do they seem so great. You quickly log onto your computer and start downloading a song from this mysterious band. The download completes, and the song is awesome. Now you know why this group is respected musically by the ones you respect in the business....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay Examples]
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Major League Baseball Salaries: How Much is Too Much? - Major League Baseball Salaries: How Much is Too Much. Twenty-five million dollars made per year. Over one hundred fifty-four thousand dollars made per game. Over forty-seven thousand dollars earned per at bat. Sounds a little ridiculous, does it not. That is what current Texas Ranger shortstop Alex Rodriguez earns to play the game of baseball (azcentral.com). Baseball is a game that children have been playing in schoolyards and fields for the past one hundred years. It may not be a game anymore....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Papers]
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Liberal Democracy - Liberal Democracy Liberal democracy, with a capitalist economy, is the only form of social organization that will work in this world. Socialism and Communism appear to be sound in theory, but would never come close to achieving what capitalism does. Liberal democracy and capitalism allow for a beneficial competition where communism does not. This competition, in the liberal tradition, on both political and economical levels, allows for the best balance of security and freedom to the people under the government....   [tags: Government Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1088 words
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Illegalization of Flag Burning Violates the First Constitutional Amendment - Illegalization of Flag Burning Violates the First Constitutional Amendment When making flag burning illegal you have to wonder what our lawmakers were thinking. It was clearly not about the First Amendment in which American’s right to free speech is protected. Desecrating a flag is guaranteed in our Bill of Rights, however unpatriotic that may be. It is impossible to draw the line of where desecration begins. What about those that let our sacred symbol touch the ground, a clear violation of respect, do we punish them too....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 412 words
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We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Protect the American Flag - We Must Fight for the Constitutional Amendment to Protect the American Flag Free speech and the First Amendment rights do not give people lisence to desecrate a symbol of pride and freedom. It is not all right to protect those who let it burn, lighting up the sky with their hatred. It definitely is not acceptable to insult the men and women who fight every day to protect this nation by burning the symbol of their labors. Therefore, it is crucial that the Supreme Court pass the amendment to the Constitution to protect the flag of the US....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 487 words
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Censorship of Print Media is Wrong - Censorship of Print Media is Wrong       The printed media is undeniably a very powerful source used to communicate. It can be used for bad as well as good purposes. It can be used to inform the world of important events, or to publish pornography and mindless tabloids. Should the government be allowed to regulate what people can and cannot publish. Newspapers and forms of reading material are one of the largest forms of news that we use today. Every morning people can get out of bed, walk outside and pick up a piece of paper that informs them of important events that are occurring though out the world....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Internet Censorship Now! - Internet Censorship Now.       Does unrestricted Internet access equal free speech or a pornography free-for-all. This paper attempts to answer this probing question.   When Gloria Morales, a mother of five, took her 5-year-old to Morristown's Joint Free Public Library to pick out a video, the last thing she expected was to unwittingly expose her child to pornography.   "We homeschool and we use the library a lot for projects and videos. I entered the main public room with my son where computers line either side of the aisle....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Censorship is Not the Answer - Censorship is Not the Answer "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." - First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution "This is true liberty when free born men, having to advise the public, may speak free." -Euripides, Fifth Century B.C. "There is room for all of us - and our divergent view - under the First Amendment." - Spiro Agnew "... They have expelled Huck from their library as 'trash and suitable only for the slums.' That will sell 25,000 copies for us for sure." - Mark Twain, 1885 "Why teach us to read and then say we can't?" - Mowat Middle School in Florida, 1986 Throughout history, members of society as individuals or as groups have taken it upon themselves to judge who is too dangerous to be read, plunging books such as Huckleberry Finn, Little Red Riding Hood, and even well known dictionaries into the war of words....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Communities Should Welcome Wal-Mart - Communities Should Welcome Wal-Mart How would you like to be penalized because you do your work too well--for example, for running your business so effectively that it attracts hordes of happy customers. Well, this is what is happening more and more frequently to Wal-Mart. Recently the West Covina, Calif., city council voted to deny the sale of land to developers who were going to build a Wal-Mart store on the site. The council was concerned that the Wal-Mart store would "threaten" other businesses and replace higher paying jobs in the area with lower-paying ones....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 787 words
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WTO Protest:Is Violence Justified? - WTO Protest:Is Violence Justified. Almost two years ago, the media covered the protests against the WTO meeting in Seattle. These protests were led by organizations such as the Sierra Club and called for an end to globalization; the system of global free trade that they believe is destroying both the environment and indigenous cultures in order to feed the unquenchable hunger of modern consumerism. These protests turned violent quickly, as anticipated, and chaos soon enveloped the conference. There is no question that the protests had the right to protest, however, the violence within these protests is worthy of analysis....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Ethical CD burning? - Ethical CD burning. Everyone likes to find a good deal. When people are shopping and they find out the item they wanted to buy is cheaper than they expected, they are made happy. People like to receive things for cheap or even free. But as the familiar saying goes, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” This is because someone is always paying. One person may receive “a free lunch,” but it is not entirely free because there is someone in the background that still has to cover the cost. CD burning goes the same way....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Papers]
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Regulating the Internet - Regulating the Internet Part I: What I Know The internet has been one of the most influential technological advancements of the twenty-first century. It is in millions of homes, schools, and workplaces. The internet offers not only a way of communicating with people around the world, but also a link to information, shopping, chatting, searching, and maps. This freedom to be anyone and to "go" anywhere right from the comfort of home has become a cherished item. However, there is always a down side to every up....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Prayer in School - Prayer in School As the bell rings you walk through the lunchroom doors. It seems just like any ordinary day. You smelled the mystery lunch as soon as you walked in, you fought your way into the lunch line, and you saw the principal escorting some troublemaking kids from their tables. But wait, those kids weren't the usual trouble makers. They were the kids that always follow the rules and even pray before lunch. Was this some kind of alternate universe. No, they were actually in trouble. No one ever paid it much attention but praying in school was against the rules....   [tags: Religion Argumentative Argument Papers]
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Internet Censorship - Internet Censorship The freedom of speech that was possible on the Internet could now be subjected to governmental approvals. For example, China is attempting to restrict political expression, in the name of security and social stability. It requires users of the Internet and electronic mail (e-mail) to register, so that it may monitor their activities. In the United Kingdom, state secrets and personal attacks are off limits on the Internet. Laws are strict and the government is extremely interested in regulating the Intern et with respect to these issues.10 Laws intended for other types of communication will not necessarily apply in this medium....   [tags: Argumentative Web Cyberspace Essays]
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Computer Education Should Be Compulsory - Students spend five years at high school learning many things, but how much of what they learn is really useful. For example, many students forget a lot of what they learn about history and calculus because they have no practical use for what they have learned. Computers, however, are now a part of our everyday lives. Therefore, students should be required to learn how to use computers because they will benefit in both their personal and professional life. In particular, learning about computers can help you to organize you finances better, to gather information easily, and to enjoy a variety of recreation activities....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Technology Education] 626 words
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The Flag-burning Debate Continues - The Flag-burning Debate Continues      Nazis captured Jim Rogers. He was routinely beaten and given barely enough food to survive. During the time he spent in a World War II prisoner of war camp, he managed to keep his sanity by scraping together bits and pieces of colored cloth in order to make an American flag. As his fellow prisoners began to die, it was his American flag which provided him with a sense of identity and gave him the inspiration to keep living.   It is no wonder, then, that Jim becomes disturbed when he turns on the news and sees our flag being burned in the streets of foreign nations....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Flag Desecration Should Be Outlawed - Flag Desecration Should Be Outlawed On August 22, 1984, Texas resident Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag during a protest of the Republican National Convention. Johnson had violated a Texas flag desecration law officially known as the Texas Venerated Objects law, which outlawed "intentionally or knowingly desecrating a national flag" (Goldstein 197). Johnson took his case to the United States Supreme Court. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled, by a five to four vote, that the Texas law was unconstitutional (Goldstein 202)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1879 words
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Desecration of the Flag Should be Prohibited - Desecration of the Flag Should be Prohibited Is it necessary to allow all forms of protest to protect the right of citizens to express grievances against their government. It is not a violation of free speech to outlaw burning of the flag because it is not speech. It will not lead to the limiting of other avenues of protest, of which many are more expressive of specific problems. All attempts to protect the flag short of a Constitutional amendment have failed in the end. A change to the constitution to prohibit the desecration of the U.S....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 932 words
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Internet Censorship - Just Say No - Internet Censorship: Just Say No   In December of 1994, a young college student named Jake Baker posted one of his fiction pieces in an alt.sex newsgroup. Usually, his contributions to this widely-read site consisted of short stories about rape, torture, and murder of women. In this particular newsgroup post, he continued with his usual contributions; however, he took it a bit further by writing about one of his fellow classmates, using her name and identity in the piece. Faculty members at the University of Michigan discovered his story and later expelled him from school....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1355 words
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The Most Deadly Drugs are Already Legal - The Most Deadly Drugs are Already Legal   This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Fried egg is probably the most influential commercial of our generation. We feared it, we laughed at it, some of us stopped eating eggs, and we made a lot of t-shirts about it. And who was scaring us. Who was so concerned about our health. Our loving friends: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA). We used to watch those commercials and get all warm and fuzzy inside, someone out there cared enough about us to spend a lot of money on those frightening ads....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1141 words
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Freedom of Speech and Expression - Little Freedom in a Complex World - Little Freedom of Expression Freedom of expression, like the air we breathe, is a luxury that most people in western civilization take for granted. I know I certainly took it for granted when I was in the twelfth grade, and that presumption almost got me expelled. In Cornwall, Ontario this last December the idea of freedom of speech did more than get a young man expelled. He was forced to spend the better part of a month, including Christmas, New Year's Eve, and his sixteenth birthday in jail....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1184 words
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Capital Punishment and Mentally Retarded Criminals - Mentally Retarded Criminals Must Face the Death Penalty        This paper will discuss whether or not mentally retarded criminals should be held accountable for their actions with the punishment of execution when the crime is murder. I do not believe that mentally retarded criminals should have a blanket exemption from the death penalty because of their mental incapacity. Although all cases of murder involving a mentally retarded suspect are unique, the lives extinguished by these murderers are of no less value than those whose lives taken by mentally competent murderers....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Censorship - We Must Not Restrict Speech - We Must Not Restrict Speech Racism, sexism and homophobia is growing on college campuses around the country. In response, many universities have adopted policies that address bigotry by placing restrictions on speech. The alternative to such restrictions, many administrators argue, is to allow bigots to run rampant and to subject their targets to a loss of equal educational opportunity. The power of a university to eliminate bias on campus ultimately depends not on its ability to punish a racist speaker, but instead on the depth of its commitment to the principles of equality and education....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 612 words
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Society Must Begin to Value the Labor of Women - Society Must Begin to Value the Labor of Women The very idea that Capitalism doesn't work for some groups of law abiding, liberty-loving humans stirs horror in the minds of some -- traditionalists, in particular. Nevertheless, Capitalism, (as a way of life) and its economic objectives simply does not serve the lives or the welfare of large segments of our population. Most of us will never become wealthy corporates. Most of us will never own a highly successful business, become a famous rock star, or attain the status of a highly paid professional athlete....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 810 words
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Everyone Should Go to the County Fair! - Everyone Should Go to the County Fair. If you've been to the County Fair before, there's no reason for you to keep reading this. You already know how much fun it is. You don't need to be convinced. You're already going back. You can stop reading right now, go buy your pre-sale tickets, and get the car packed up and ready to go. But you, yes, you, what's your excuse for not having been to the past 156 County Fairs. Oh, "I wasn't born 156 years ago," you say. That's no excuse. You're just going to have to go to this year's Fair to make amends....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 1356 words
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Pornography – Government Censorship Will Never Promote Equality - Pornography – Government Censorship Will Never Promote Equality Catharine Mackinnon seeks to be the Galileo of sexual inequality: the philosopher free of preconceptions who reveals a new structure, incorporating all known facts, radically different from anything previously understood. The structure Galileo overthrew was the Earth-centered universe. The structure Mackinnon must overthrow, in order to make the law do what she thinks it must, is the First Amendment- centered universe (though Mackinnon would probably say it was the pimp-centered universe; pimp is a favorite term of hers)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 1770 words
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The Importance of Freedom of Expression in America - The Importance of Freedom of Expression in America Would life be the same without freedom of expression?  Expressions of hate, sometimes called hate speech, are highly prevalent in today's society; one group using them is the KKK, in particular Charles Brandenburg. Government leaders may also want to repress free speech for the motive of keeping the citizenry in the dark so they don't learn about corruption in the hierarchy of our country. The aforementioned corruption is what freedom of expression was created for; to give the populace some control over the government's actions....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Reparations to Descendants of Slaves Should Have Ceased Long Ago - Reparations to Descendants of Slaves Should Have Ceased Long Ago In this day and time the world is heavily concerned with political and social corrective ness, thus everyone is catered too and no money changes hands. The idea and arguments of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves has been in the American media and courthouses since the English barrister James Grahame published a groundbreaking book in 1850 setting the first claim for reparations in the United States. It is no surprise that these allegations arose so soon after the abolishing of slavery at the culmination of the Civil War....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Internet Advertising – A World Wide Waste of Time - Internet Advertising – A World Wide Waste of Time As I approach the Philadelphia bus shelter, I'm struck by the gaze of a familiar, yet ominous strongman. His aging muscles are backlit by a powerful fluorescent light. Intrigued, I approach the advertisement and begin to look at the copy. As my eyes scan below the title of the film, an irritating, unavoidable, and inevitably cryptic message glows: http://www.warnerbros.com/eraser. Here is another website for the fearless compujunkies to surf at three in the morning and another piece of litter along the information superhighway....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 1307 words
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Gun Control - Whenever some terrible act of violence occurs such as a horrible school-shooting, people start looking for answers and pointing fingers. They want to put the blame on something saying, 'It was the parents fault,' or, 'It is television and the Internet's fault,' but the blame is most often put on an inanimate object that does only what the person operating it tells it to do. In the next few minutes one should realize that it is not the gun's fault and more gun control laws are not the answer. Gun control violates rights given to us by the Second Amendment, guns have proven to be extremely effective in deterring crimes and protecting private property, gun control does not work in controlling violence, and gun control goes against everything the founders of this country stood for....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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We Must Regulate Hate Speech - Hate speech, what is it. The definition of hate speech, according to Mari J. Matsuda, author of 'Assaultive Speech and Academic Freedom, is '?(a word of group of words) of which is to wound and degrade by asserting the inherent inferiority of a group. (151). In my own words hate speech is a humiliation and demeaning slur of words specifically used to disgrace a person for their race, religion, or sexual habits. There is now a controversy if hate speech should be regulated on college campuses or not....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 773 words
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Defenses for Democracy - Defenses for Democracy Is liberty a bad thing. Socrates seemed to think so. In Book VIII of Plato's Republic, Socrates criticizes democracy by attacking three of its most important aspects: liberty, equality, and majority rule. He asserts that because of these things, a democratic city will always fall into tyranny. I disagree, and feel that all three of the principles are essential to a fair and just city, and only in their absence can a city be taken into tyranny. Socrates begins his observations on the defects of a democratic government by first attacking liberty....   [tags: Papers Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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American Flag Desecration is Treasonous! - American Flag Desecration is Treasonous. The flag it is the symbol of our nation, the symbol of our freedom, the symbol of those that have gone before us to defend our liberties, and most importantly the symbol which at one point or another each person has pledged their allegiance to. Desecrating this symbol which all should hold dear is to desecrate America’s values and betray the devotion which all have pledged to our nation. Knowing the importance of our high flying flag makes it treasonous to burn or desecrate it, thereby making it obvious that this act should be forbidden by the constitution of the United States of America....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 505 words
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Exemplification Essay: Three-Strikes Law is a Mindless Response to Crime - In 1983, a young man named Michael was brought before a Pennsylvania court on a charge of armed robbery: he stole $50 from a taxi driver using a toy gun. A few days later he was arrested and was subsequently convicted. Although the trial judge sentenced Michael to 6 months in prison and required that he repay the $50, the prosecutor demanded the 5 year minimum sentence required by state law. The trial judge ruled the mandatory sentencing law unconstitutional, and Michael served his prison time and repaid the money....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2569 words
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Television and Media Essay - Dangers of Censorship - Dangers of Censorship Imagine yourself as a journalist today who is frozen and wakes up in the United States 100 years from now. The country has changed quite a bit from what you remember. Technology has definitely advanced, language seems to have evolved a bit, and nothing looks the same, except fashion. Due to a recent trend that brought back the 90's you are strangely up on the recent fashion trends. As you roam the streets, you try to gain a bearing on this advanced country so you pick up a newspaper....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 831 words
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Flag Burning and the First Amendment - Flag Burning and the First Amendment      Your First Amendment rights are extremely close to being violated by none other than the United States Congress. I refer to the Flag Desecration Bill that, if passed, would do irreparable damage to our right to free speech and undermine the very priniciples for which the American flag stands. Fortunately, West Virginians have an ally in Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Sen. Byrd, who previously favored the bill, now fights to protect our rights by stopping the passage of this bill....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Strengthen the Separation between Church and State - Strengthen the Separation between Church and State First Amendment issues of the separation of church and state and state establishment of religion have long been litigated in the federal courts. Until recently, the Supreme Court had a consistent track record of preventing the intermingling of religion and government, especially when it came to the nation's public schools. Yet this past year, a newly activist conservative court has set about rewriting some of the Warren Court's judicial legacy....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1546 words
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Give Vouchers and School Choice a Chance - All We Are Saying is Give Choice a Chance   Critics of school choice programs invoke a two-pronged attack. First, they claim that only the best students with the most motivated parents will take advantage of charter schools and voucher programs-two of the most popular choice vehicles. Presumably, the best students come from families in which parents are involved at home and at school and who provide more support for their child, partnering with the school. Second, critics contend that the flight of the best students leaves behind disproportionately large groups of chronically underperforming, special needs, and problem children who will drag down the rest of the students in the public schools....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essay Examples] 1018 words
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Good News Regarding Vouchers and School Choice - Good News Regarding School Choice Good News v. Milford is very good news indeed for advocates of school vouchers and faith-based organizations (FBOs). The Supreme Court's 6-3 decision upholding the right of a Christian youth group to meet in public schools after class hours is a significant signal of the Court's willingness to treat religious organizations and viewpoints on an evenhanded basis. In 1992, Milford Central School in New York State enacted a community use policy outlining purposes for which its building could be used after school....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1717 words
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It is Time to Raise Teachers Salaries - It is Time to Raise Teachers Salaries Offer me enough money, and I will do almost anything. Why. Because I can exchange money for goods and services, and I want goods and services. My willingness to ``do things' for money can be explained by the fundamental economics principle of supply and demand: without much exception, an increase in demand for a good or service increases the price of that good and service, and an increase in supply of a good or service decreases the price of that good or service....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 755 words
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Flag Desecration is a Heinous Act that Must be Banned - Flag Desecration is a Heinous Act that Must be Banned One who is deferential toward his country would agree with the proposed amendment: “The Constitution and the states have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” Our United States flag represents our free country and what we—being united—have accomplished over the years. If our leaders vote to allow people to act derisively towards the flag, then they have a total lack of respect and concern for the past, present, and future of the United States of America....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 367 words
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A Proposal for a Law to Monitor Cloning - A Proposal for a Law to Monitor Cloning      The purpose of this essay is to propose a policy for monitoring and legislating cloning so that it can be used appropriately for science and medical research and benefits. This report will explain the needs for monitoring cloning, my plan for monitoring cloning, the many benefits that the world will gain from monitoring cloning, and how we can implement my plan.   The Cloning Controversy Public opinion toward cloning is often negative. A Time /CNN poll taken a few days after Ian Wilmut's announcement regarding the cloning of a sheep found that 93% of Americans felt cloning was bad, and 66% opposed animal cloning (Masci 2)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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