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4.5 & 4.6 Leadership

Should leaders make decisions on their own accord (in the best interest of all under her/his rule), or should the leader reflect the ideals and principles called for by those same "subjects"?  Should power be exerted from "above" or reflect beliefs from "below"?

4.3 & 4.4 Democratic Spectrum

What obligation does the United States have in promoting democracy?  Can democracy be “exported” or must it emerge from within a nation?  Are governments either democratic or undemocratic, or is there a spectrum? 

4.1 & 4.2 Democracy
Consider Democracy.  Is it ALWAYS the best form of government; for everyone, everywhere, and at all times? 
3.5 & 3.6 Darwinism

A "bigger" and/or more stable nation gets involved with the affairs of a "smaller' and/or less stable nation.  Do intentions matter more than results?  Basically, is it acceptable if the results were not (as) positive as anticipated or hoped?  Consider imperialism, modernization, education, economics, etc.  (Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Haiti + more)

3.3 & 3.4 Success

What defines (or determines) success?  External or internal perception of achievement?  Yes, apply your reasoning to Chile & Argentina, but also try to include connections to other nations & people in history.

2.4 Self-Interest

Can self-interest drive gains and success for most others in a culture or society?  Consider Caudillismo - they sought personal wealth and power, conducted things for the benefit of themselves and those directly connected to them, and established a system that exploited domestice resources (minerals, agriculture, labor, etc.) for foreign - and personal - profits.  But they also stabilized governments and even helped establish national identities that ended up larger than regional tribalism.  

2.3 Summary

Please summarize your assigned Independence reading.

2.2 Cause of War (Revolutionary or Civil)

What is the primary cause of Wars for Independence or Revolution?  Is it economics?  Identity (defined internally or externally - specify)?  Political marginalization (divergent interests)?  Something else?  Be sure to reflect on the birth of the USA, Haiti, and/or other nations (China, India, South Africa, Russia, Italy/Germany, France, etc.).

2.1 Incompetence Petition

Consider the reason and effectiveness of petitions - political, economic, bureaucratic, etc.  When the delegates in Philadelphia signed the Declaration of INdependence, they were committing treason,punishable by death. I certainly do not wish to have you place yourself in such a situation, but consider the following possibility: One of your teachers is incompetent.  Some classmates have prepared a petition asking for her/his replacement.  Do you  sign it?

WIL 1.EC2 Equality (2081)

Use your answers from before the viewing and whatever thoughts that may have emerged during and after viewing 2081 to write an opinion about Equality.  What does it truly mean (politically and/or socially)?  Is it achievable?  How?  Is it worth fighting/dying/killing for?  What can be done to "balance the equation" of opportunity, luck, skill, effort, etc.?

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