Brief 5 - Dr. Welch HIS 240 12/13/06 Brief Five Now that...

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Dr. Welch HIS 240 12/13/06 Brief Five Now that the Age of Reason came to an end, the ideas and revolutions that had occurred will lead into the modern era. But still, absolute truth is elusive. Modern philosophers are still building upon what the greats have said in the past. Perhaps we will never get to a point where an absolute truth is known, because that certainly is not during the now. Following the revolutions that had taken place, societies had to re-forge themselves around a new democratic order. But to some, this type of government was as tyrannical as the last. Thinkers such as Mill were displeased with what they saw, and realized the threat of democracy. In his writings, Mill begins to lament the power of the majority. Indeed, the tyranny of the majority overweighing the rights of the few. For some, they had exchanged one set of rulers for another. Seeing this exchange of tyranny, Marx and Engels began to theorize and write their own ideas. Seeing how the revolution had failed to save the lower class, common man; they wrote to entice a new rebellion. This new rebellion would have the lower class overthrowing their democratic oppressors once more, and to eventually bring about a classless society. In this, and only this way, would a true revolution take place that all could benefit from. These aspects of government are incorporated into our modern systems. The problem of equality is always prevalent in the United States, which is why our Congress
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is bicameral. The United States isn’t a strict republic in the sense of the word; it has aspects of all forms of government: communism, socialism, democracy, etc. I suppose we learned what Marx was saying was true, that even in a democratic society, tyranny may happen. Following these revolutions, countries began to re-evaluate their approach with diplomacy. Ireland had been dealing with England’s oppression for hundreds of years, and now that the Enlightenment had impacted on everyone’s life, the Irish began to take a new approach. Men such as O’Connell began to give speeches. Giving his famous speech at Tara, a place where Irish kings were coronated, he incited the crowd and stirred feelings of resentment towards England. He was advocating for the extinction of the Union, the “restoration of her nationality.” Rather than wanting violence, he wanted to do it in a peaceful manner. But his words, and his place of speaking, seem to contradict this.
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2008 for the course HIS 240 taught by Professor Welch during the Fall '06 term at Mt. Wachusett.

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Brief 5 - Dr. Welch HIS 240 12/13/06 Brief Five Now that...

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