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Subject: Writing

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Write a an introductory paragraph for a TV review piece. You may choose any TV show that has been released in the last 10 years.

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The British drama series taking place in Birmingham, England is compelling, lawless, and historic. Based on a real-life gang, “The Peaky Blinders”, were aptly named due to their tendency of blinding victims with razor blades hidden inside the brims of their flat caps. The family maintains their toughness in a city where there is sex on the streets, drug deals on every corner, guns in the pockets of every citizen, and the smell of booze when the wind blows. Peaky Blinders carefully depicts the rise of criminal gangs in the Post WWI era as each fight to survive the economic struggles faced in England. The gangs, comprised mainly of returned war soldiers, form shaky alliances, unique trade deals, and grave money schemes to raise their families to the top of the economic chain.

Subject: Political Science

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Write a short answer response that argues your opinion for representative democracy vs a direct democracy.

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The United States currently operates in a representative democracy. In which, representatives of the people are elected by the people to decide issues on behalf of the people. This type of democracy holds periodical elections in which people choose a representative, by openly and freely expressing their views. Representative democracy relies on the votes of the people, however there are instances where many people do not partake in the voting process, which hinders the purpose of a representative democracy. With elected representatives however, this leads to a strong, large, and supported government —or at least that is what this type of democracy has the intention of doing. Currently, there are a majority of Americans that believe large governments are problematic, even though they are the ones responsible from promoting such a large government. On the opposing side to this matter, the United States government indeed is large but, if the country had a direct democracy then the government would not be as large and powerful with a lack there of people in power. A direct democracy on the other hand differs as the power of decision making resides on the people and only the people. In this type of governing system every person participates actively, and in every public decision instead of electing someone else to make the decisions for them. However, a direct democracy is also referred to as a participatory democracy in which it is crucial for every person to actively participate, but that cannot be expected amongst a large society. To my understanding, having a direct democracy is relevant and substantial to matters on a more micro level. Such as, “organizations that are chartered to manage collective goods of neighborhoods or developments” and issues that affect a small amount of people. I do not believe that a direct democracy could work on a macro-level, because I believe there would then be too many people trying to make too many different choices and would result to chaos. A representative democracy works today because the representatives are doing the work for the people, taking on the tough decisions that have to be made. Therefore, any controversy is handled by a group of people of power, rather than the common person. I do not think we should expand into direct democracy because it would not be efficient in decision making. In addition to this, I believe it would be more complex and challenging to change a governing system. Stripping away the election process would cause confusion, maybe even mass hysteria amongst the American people and could even face backlash. If the governing system were to change, the government would have to become much more reliant and trusting of people and hope for rational and peaceful decision making. However, with an abundance of people I believe such a thing would be rather difficult to achieve, especially since the American people have been living with a representative democracy their entire lives, I feel it would almost be impossible to achieve entirely. In this present-day society, I do not think it would be logical or applicable to switch over to a direct democracy even if there was a broad and widespread support for this matter.

Subject: International Studies

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In your opinion, is human and social development more important than political development? In your answer be sure to provide definitions and to put them into a theoretical context.

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Human development is defined as the process of enlarging people's freedoms, opportunities, and improving their well-being. With this definition, human and social development are more important than political development. Human and social development helps achieve universal primary education, eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, promote gender equality/ empowerment, and more. In theory, a more educated population is prepared for a broader diversity of economic roles and involves itself more intelligently and responsibly in politics. Political development can be defined as an increase in national political unity and an increase in political participation. Although political development is extremely important, I believe it is more crucial for human and social development to take place, in order to then achieve political development. The formation of civil society, a web of citizen groups that influences the governments decisions, acts as an important component in both human and social development, as well as political development. Most often, civil societies include prodemocratic groups, cultural heritage organizations, and progressive assemblies that influence the government. There is a clear relationship between development and gender relations; as there are strong correlations between women’s rights, economic growth, democratization, and civil society. Human and social development of women is one of the best ways to reduce birth rates/ child mortality, improve health, education, nutrition, and build robust, self-sustaining community organizations. For example, in sub–Saharan African countries where HIV/AIDS are a pressing issue, where educational programs are implemented the HIV/AIDS decreases significantly. Theoretically, if gender equality is achieved through social development, then it will lead a more progressive movement towards a democracy, a stable government, and better political participation.

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