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blog no. 2: coercion vs. persuasion

For me Guicciardini’s assertion lays down the fundamentals of a working society. At the states most basic structure you have a political and a social structure. These entities can work with and/or against each other with their main purpose being preservation. For example, you have the church versus the state; two separate domains with differing views competing for popular sovereignty. I would argue that few very privileged members of society control the state and its political actions through power and its the churches job to use its strength in numbers to preserve the standards of the majority. Societies throughout history show strong patterns of unequal wealth distribution. The paradigm between the rich minority verse the poor majority still exists today. In the past things were more barbaric and obvious but todays battles are more obscure drawn out and hidden to preserve political correctness. The Romans and early Americans had hordes of slaves that they treated like animals that were bought and sold like merchandise. Today we have instituted taxes and laws that less obviously take advantage of the working classes capital. The organization of physical and intellectual capital are a direct indicator of status and pull in a society. I feel that today the masses are still being undermined and under served by our government just as the Roman slaves were. It is the obligation of the civil society to redistribute the wealth more evenly and fairly among its members.

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One Response to “blog no. 2: coercion vs. persuasion”

  1. While I agree that there is still a huge gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” in America today, I disagree that it is an “obligation of civil society to redistribute the wealth more evenly and fairly among its members”. I believe that it is a democratic government’s duty to make sure that EVERYONE is treated fairly and that there is as much of a level playing field as possible so that all people have the chance to prosper and participate in a free-market society. Many nonprofit organizations have come into being in order to help those who have been left behind, either by society or by government or just by making poor choices. However, those organizations do not seek to distribute wealth more evenly, but to give people a second chance.


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