But many of these journalists tend to talk about the ‘symptoms’ of poverty rather than it’s root causes. So, how can we solve this issue on political pandering, public misinterpretation, and most of all, the ironic amount of poverty in such an industrial america? First, identifying the root causes of poverty is important. Conservatives tend to believe teenage pregnancies, divorce, and lack of motivation are some of the main causes of poverty. Liberals believe racism, lower wages on different ethnicities, and other racial causes are the main causes of poverty.
The sub-plot Stan uses a metaphor for American consumerism with a prop of the “Margaritaville machine” that his very own father had reluctantly failed to financed. The overall message the creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone convey is how American consumerism is the reason Americans find themselves in debt. Of course all of this ties to the audience of the American people who all feel the ripples of the economic downturn. Accumulating everything taken into account this episode demonstrates the American hunger for material wealth that has clouded their judgments; consequently, many feel the negative financial effects from poor decisions that they have made. When the people of South Park are converting their lives into bare essentials they wear “togas” and olive leaves much like ancient Romans.
Critical issue Along with the development of modern economy, social stratification has become a critical issue which citizens are divided into layers receiving unequal access to social opportunities and rewards. Therefore, many dystopian literatures have been published used to critique the current social and political systems. While the upper class enjoy power and prosperity, other members of the society, like people who are from district twelve in the novel The Hunger Gamers, have to suffer from hunger and endure under the pressure of survival. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins criticizes class stratification in contemporary society by depicting an absurd inequity between Capitol and the twelve districts in order to bring this serious social issue to the forefront. The Hunger Games’s depiction of the residents of the District Twelve serves as an exaggerated commentary and reflection on current society’s class division.
Throughout the novel Jurgis’s immigrant family is slowly torn apart due to the bias economic and social system that America has. However, when Jurgis discovers socialist politics in Chapter 28, it clearly shows that the purpose of this novel is to show the harsh reality between the socialism and capitalism. This quote “To Jurgis the packers had been equivalent to fate; Ostrinski showed him that they were the Beef Trust” (Sinclair, pg. 384) has a dramatic impact on me because it made me realize the true differences between the two theories. Capitalism supports the rich and the wealthy continue to increases their riches ... ... middle of paper ... ...absolutely believe that Sinclair’s messages are of major importance because the validity of his messages still applies to anyone living in the 21st century.
Fiction is “the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining”, but in Suzanne Collin’s book, The Hunger Games, fiction is merely a reflection of what is already going on in the world today (“Fiction”). Could this fiction novel, The Hunger Games, really be America’s future? Well, major themes in the book such as inequality between rich and poor, suffering as entertainment, importance of appearance, and government control point toward the answer being yes. Primarily, the major comparison between the novel and our world today is the theme of inequality between rich and poor. In The Hunger Games, there is an immense gap between the rich and the poor.
The campaign informs one that debt is a "common interest" among ordinary citizens and subaltern groups which manages to divide and alienate many: "Organizers believe that debt is what Americans hold in common; debtors must be the class that unites and fights for a fair economy beginning with the elimination of medical, housing, education, and credit card debt" (Ross & Ackerman, 2012). One of the Strike Debt initiatives is the Rolling Jubilee campaign, which focuses on buying "pennies on the dollar." They buy people's debt, but instead of collecting it they "abolish" it thus freeing people from financial extortion. The goal is to bring people together to not only fight the problem, but to raise awareness as well: "the Rolling Jubilee [is not] intended to ... ... middle of paper ... ...warfare" because as the exploited class they attempt to overturn capitalist societies by finding the loopholes in the system and using it to their advantage. They do not confrontationally strike or protest debt; they create ways to get around it legally.
It became mainstream to blame the culture and climate of poor countries/people for their poverty, as if the exploitative and corrupt dictatorships and raw-material economies (a problematic and alienated economy where third world countries produce and export raw materials to first world, developed countries to produce and export finished products) were essential to Africa and Latin America. In the documentary, its argued that all of those plights were the result of a lengthy historical