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Mr . B iggs’s Eng. II Honors: Summer Reading (TSL, F451) . September 6 - October 9, 2012. ME. Biggsistence. Fahrenheit 451: A Cautionary Tale. “ You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
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September 6 - October 9, 2012
1. (Government, Politics): A body of ideas that reflects the beliefs and interests of a nation, political system, etc. and underlies political action
2. (Philosophy): The set of beliefs by which a group or society ordersreality soas to render it intelligible-BASICALLY, it is a belief or narrative that “justifies” the setup of society “Ideology is an imagined relationship to real conditions... It is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence.” – French Philosopher Louis Althusser “The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity.” –American Activist Naomi Klein, author of
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF SOCIETY?-Authoritarianism: a central state authority rules *THEOCRACY: the church *OLIGARCHY: a small elite *Who else can rule in this type of society? -Libertarianism (aka “liberalism): Decentralized; individual right-guarantees*DEMOCRACY: Each individual gets a vote*ANARCHISM: no government; all is voluntaryHOW IS THE SOCIETY’S ECONOMY RUN?-Capitalism (“Right-Wing”): Competitive (money, businesses, consumers)-Socialism (“Left-Wing”): Cooperative (free services, equality, less choice)Both of these economic systems can be run in a libertarian or authoritarian way. You can have anarchist socialism, statist capitalism, etc.
“The American Ideology of Capitalism makes us all connoisseurs of liberty, of the indefinite expansion of possibility.” -Philosopher Susan Sontag“‘The pursuit of happiness’is an American myth. The ideologies and governments of this century that promised happiness, have left people with more material possessions, but less psychological well-being. Many of the citizens are emotionally bankrupt and unhappy. (But) the demands of life in our current socioeconomic system require that we keep running and running …” -Economist Med Yones
“"A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.” – Former Republican Presidential Candidate (and Baptist Minister) Mike Huckabee
“In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty...”― Robert M. Pirsig