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King 1 Gerrick King Professor Baldino Expository Writing 101: Section AZ 05 February 2012 Assignment 1: Final Draft Loyalty and Integrity Within the article “Confidence Men and Their Flex Lives” Janine R. Wedel presents two extremely radical ideas, which question people’s loyalty and integrity. The radical ideas, which she proposes play a vital role in the modern world of flexians. Janine Wedel describes a global trend of cultivating multiple roles in government and business, which also can be interpreted as the roles of public and private power. The result is fundamental ambiguity about where the allegiance of many of our elites lies: “When an individual serves in interdependent roles, and is in the public eye promoting policy prescriptions, and when fundamental questions lack straight answers—Who is he? Who funds him? For whom does he work? Where ultimately does his allegiance lie? We have likely encountered a flexian” (506). With this quote Wedel is stating that loyalty and integrity are performed as a fallacy to those who live the flexian lifestyle. This idea is extremely controversial because people who exhibit flexian behaviors are more likely to create fallacies about the truth. Flexians are sly individuals that con others in order to gain their own benefits. Wedel presents strong ideas about how loyalty and integrity are vital in the roles of flexians. Flexians instill the idea that some people will do whatever it takes to gain benefits for themselves and will con their way by creating facades with loyalty and integrity but will stay committed to their allegiances.
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King 2 A vital asset of the flexian life is the ability to make a commitment of loyalty to a group. Before that flexian can achieve anything such as benefit that individual needs to be loyal to only their selves and then they can resume and go on to be loyal to a bigger group. These bigger groups which Wedel calls “flex nets.” In order for a flex net to achieve their goals they must challenge societal norms such as government laws and other various codes of conduct. Only when they break these rules and regulations is when they receive what they truly desire. When a group of individuals are loyal they are able to cooperate unitedly and are able to reshape the
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