As many of you probably heard by now, President Obama just signed Executive Order 13682 which will move forward immigration reform after nearly six years of debate. In my last blog post, I talked about how the huge divide between the Democrats and Republicans has resulted in more then six years of constant gridlock in the lawmaking process and immigration reform is not excluded. President Obama has been threatening Congress for quite some time now to work out an immigration bill or he will be forced to use an executive order. In my Political Science class we talked about Niccolo Machiavelli, Edmund Burke, and John Stuart Mill and it is interesting to see how certain values of these philosophers show up in the immigration debate and why it has led to immigration being such a controversial issue.
With midterm elections just finishing, I knew that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate would waste no time in moving some bills forward. This past Friday, the Republican-controlled House approved the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline and now it will proceed to the Senate for voting. Over the past six years, Congress has been notorious for its inability to move even the smallest bills due to the huge divide between Democrats and Republicans. Recently in my Political Science class, we talked about the ideas of Conservatism and Liberalism from the perspectives of Edmund Burke and John Stuart Mill. It is interesting to see how the ideas of these two philosophers can be seen in why the Keystone Pipeline bill has been taking so long to go through the Government and how the views of each party is explained by both Conservatism and Liberalism.
Recently in my finance class, we were having a class discussion about the Great Recession of 2008. This discussion got me thinking about some of the concepts discussed by both Machiavelli and Hobbes. As many people know, the American economy started to free fall right after Lehman Brothers, one of the largest investment banks at the time, declared bankruptcy. As a result of this bankruptcy, millions of people lost their life savings and many banks started to fail as the economy tanked. Luckily through the efforts of the United States government and the Federal Reserve, the economy was finally able to stabilize in 2009-2010 and since then both the economy and stock market have picked up tremendously. The Recession did not occur magically. Both the concepts of Machiavelli’s “Dirty Hands” and Hobbes’s “Self-Interest” were heavily involved in setting up the American economy for one of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
In his book Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes introduces us to the “Fool’s Challenge”: the idea that contracts between people or nations can be broken at anytime no matter the resulting consequences. Thomas Hobbes spends part of his book refuting this point because he feels that breaking contracts with allies decreases the chance of survival because the allies become less and less willing to help out going into the future. North Korea’s communist regime has been, for the last couple of decades,doing exactly that and my blog post will, hopefully, leave you with a thorough understanding of what I think Hobbes would have to say about North Korea’s current policies concerning diplomacy.
You might be really confused right now. Why? Because the title of my blog post has the words Machiavelli, who was a politician alive almost 500 years ago, and Ebola, a deadly disease that is severely affecting Western Africa and starting to sneak into countries like the United States and Spain, side by side. However, my blog post will, hopefully, leave you with a thorough understanding of what I think Machiavelli, based off his book The Prince, would have to say about dealing with the Ebola epidemic. Continue reading
Applying to my first internship was probably one of the most nerve-wracking experiences as a college student. Before I could press that apply button, I made sure to triple-check my resume and cover letter to make sure there was not one single error anywhere. A couple days after applying, I received an email from the recruiter saying I was going to have an interview the following week with the organization. I sat at my computer re-reading the email obviously happy. But then something came over me. I was not thinking about the interview anymore and how happy I was that I would be given a chance to show off my skills and strengths; I started to think about the article we read during the first week of our Political Science class. The article about the true purpose of college.