How does our culture, our national identity, and current events influence our opinions on government?

Political Ideology and Historical/Cultural Environment

Using at least two of these readings as evidence, discuss and analyze how one’s political ideology is a product of the historical/cultural environment in which one lives (personal circumstances, religious views, family climate, national identity, gender/sexual identity, etc. can all apply here as well). In other words, how does our culture, our national identity, and current events influence our opinions on government, its role in the lives of the governed, etc; conversely, another way to think about this assignment is to ask and answer the following question: How can we analyze a system of government to infer its architects’ cultural, social, and/or historical circumstances? Be sure to use concrete examples from your cited sources and analyze those examples to show how they support/prove your thesis.

Requirements:

  • MLA style throughout
  • 750 words minimum (roughly, don’t bother counting)
  • Paragraphs focused around your own ideas
  • Textual evidence used to support your own claims
  • Close analysis of textual evidence
  • Sophisticated interparagraph transitions (transitions that express the relationship between paragraphs, as discussed in class)

Readings (requires at least 2 as evidence):

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-jun-1…

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1232/1232-h/1232-h….

http://thetaoteching.com (only chapters 1, 2, 3, 44, 48, 76, & 81)

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1232/1232-h/1232-h…. (only chapters XV, XVI, & XVII)

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