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Subject: Philosophy

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Do all people have both good and bad traits?

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To answer this question, we must first define good and bad. For the purpose of this argument, to be "good" means to do always do well for others unselfishly. To be "bad" means to only act selfishly. Now imagine two scenarios: A person that only is only good and a different person is only bad; if both people are logically possible in our concept of reality, then the original premise is false. If these people cannot exist in our conception of reality, then the original premise is true. Let's start with the only good person. This person sacrifices their own well being to constantly and consistently do good for others. They absolutely dedicate every minute of free time to helping others and only participate in selfish acts pertaining to survival (eating, drinking water). This person seeks no personal gain from the good they do and doesn't embrace any other desire. I would argue this person does not exist in our concept of reality, as every act of good is usually rewarded with recognition of the good and therefore generates selfish feelings of accomplishment. To want to do good and then proceeding to do good, is to embrace a selfish desire and therefore embrace a bad trait. Now consider the the only bad person. This person does things to only better their situation. They pursue desires at the expense of others. Surely, in a world of almost 8 billion people, this only bad person is probably in a similar situation as someone else in the world at any given time. Meaning, if he improves his situation, he by consequence improves the situation of anyone like him. So even the most selfish person, ends up doing a good for another person or others; therefore embracing a good trait. Based on these premises and the fact that these hypothetical people can be neither only good nor only bad, all people must necessarily have both good and bad traits.

Subject: US History

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Evaluate the extent to which the Civil War fostered change in the United States economy in the period from 1861 to 1900.

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The United States economy experienced significant changes during the Civil War era due to industrialization and urbanization. During the time of the war, the need for new machinery was at the forefront of innovation. From new military style weaponry to house hold tools, every aspect of society experienced the industrial revolution. This, along with the need to replace fallen soldiers, opened the door to new career options for the newly freed US population in both factories and on the farm. Because the majority of battles were fought in the south, the North had little reconstruction to do and experienced one of the largest influx of new laborers, leaving the North (and the greater US) prime for an economic boom. By 1860, 90 percent of the nation's manufacturing output came from northern states and 26 percent of the Northern population lived in urban areas, showing the extent to which industrialization and urbanization impacted the US economy.

Subject: English

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Analyze the rhetorical choices Caesar Chavez makes to develop his argument about nonviolent resistance.

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Caesar Chavez strategically deployed his rhetoric to empower others to not only liberate themselves but also their oppressors. Like many in history, Chavez supported fully the idea of non-violent conflict resolution. To him, the poor can create change nonviolently with "the justice of [their] own cause as [their] weapons" in "the truest act of courage." This mirrors the rhetoric of other non-violence advocates like Martin Luther King, where the poor are empowered to seek justice above all else in order to liberate all of society from inequality. Martin Luther King Jr. himself said their work is "one and the same." However, Chavez goes above and beyond others with his rhetoric, claiming non-violence isn't just the right thing to do morally, but is also the only winning strategy claiming "there is no such thing as defeat in non-violence." By referencing values and ideals the general public can accept, like 'justice' and 'courage' Chavez is strategically deploying his rhetoric to appeal to the masses and encourage free thinking not only for his followers but for all people who agree that justice and courage are net positive characteristics that we should all be pursuing.

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