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Social Contract Theory 

Social contract theory arguments assert that individuals have consented to abandon some of their freedoms exchange for protection of essential rights such as safety and security.

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POETRY

ROBERT FROST

1874 - 1963

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

ECONOMICS

MILTON FRIEDMAN

1912-2006

"Higher government spending will not lead to more rapid monetary growth and inflation if additional spending is financed either by taxes or by borrowing from the public. In that case, government has more to spend, the public has less. Higher government spending is matched by lower private spending for consumption and investment. However, taxing and borrowing from the public are politically unattractive ways to finance additional government spending. Many of us welcome the additional government spending; few of us welcome additional taxes. Government borrowing from the public diverts funds from private uses by raising interest rates, making it both more expensive and more difficult for individuals to get mortgages on new homes and for businesses to borrow money.


The only other way to finance higher government spending is by increasing the quantity of money. The U.S. government can do that by having the U.S. Treasury— one branch of the government—sell bonds to the Federal Reserve System—another branch of the government. The Federal Reserve pays for the bonds either with freshly printed Federal Reserve Notes or by entering a deposit on its books to the credit of the U.S. Treasury.


Financing government spending by increasing the quantity of money is often extremely attractive to both the President and members of Congress. It enables them to increase government spending, providing goodies for their constituents, without having to vote for taxes to pay for them, and without having to borrow from the public."

(Free to Choose, 1979)

SOCIOLOGY

MANUEL CASTELLS

1942-

"As for the impact of Internet communication on physical intimacy and sociability, Wellman considers that the fears of the impoverishment of social life are misplaced. They point to the fact that there is no zero-sum game, and that, in fact, in some of the networks they have studied, more Internet use leads to more social ties, including physical ties. Here again, pundits seem to be opposing sociability on the Internet to a mythical notion of a tight community-based society. Yet, ‘current research suggests that North Americans usually have more than one thousand inter-personal ties. Only half a dozen of them are intimate and no more than fifty are significantly strong. Yet, taken together a person's other 950+ ties are important sources of information, support, companionship and sense of belonging.' The Internet favors the expansion and intensity of these hundreds of weak ties that create a fundamental layer of social interaction for people living in a technologically developed world.

So, in the end, are virtual communities real communities? Yes and no. They are communities, but not physical ones, and they do not follow the same patterns of communication and interaction as physical communities do. But they are not 'unreal;' they work in a different plane of reality. They are interpersonal social networks, most of them based on weak ties, highly diversified and specialized, still able to generate reciprocity and support by the dynamics of sustained interaction."

(The Rise of the Network Society, 1996)

Social Contract Theory 

Social contract theory arguments assert that individuals have consented to abandon some of their freedoms exchange for protection of essential rights such as safety and security.

The Rise of the Nation-State 

The primary actors in global trade are the governments of nation-states. Unified currency, coordinated production, and collective consumption reinforce cultural identity.

Andre Gunder Frank & Dependency Theory 

Dependency Theory explains how resources flow from poor and underdeveloped states to wealthy states.

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