AASP 101-Lecture week 6

AASP 101-Lecture week 6 - AASP 101 Week 6 Conservative VS...

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AASP 101 Week 6 Conservative VS Liberal Politics
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Conservative Politics Assumptions: Individualism is important “Big Government” should not be responsible for inequality between social groups Policy Reform
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Conservative Policy and the Underclass Conservative politics that support the culture of policy thesis Culture of poverty = basic values and attitudes of the ghetto subculture have been internalized and thereby influence behavior; blaming the victim neo-conservative discourse on meritocracy Removal of race based policies because they promote reverse discrimination Reform of social programs are necessary since Blacks “abuse the system” Continue to marginalize
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Conservative/Free Market Paradigm Alleviating racial discrimination through competition of resources Firms will not discriminate since it is costly Black-white differences in wages are caused by racial differences in human capital o Human capital is defined as investments in education, training and other activities that raise the productive capacity of people
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Cultural Choices and Human Capital Cultural choices account for much of black white human capital gap. Culture of poverty as major obstacle No delayed gratification Enduring stereotype of the Black Female Headed Household Culture of poverty driving differences in human capital Government intervention limits individual freedom and disrupts the efficient allocation of scarce resources
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Conservative Social Policy in the Bush Years (2001-2008) Continuation of Reagan years Heavy focus on reform Individualism the driving force Ideas range from radical individualism to the defense of traditional, religious values
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“Social Reform” American conservative movement features two main ideological factions classical liberalism Free market, “rugged individualism” removal of state/federal involvement traditionalism Traditional social and religious values
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Classical Liberalism o reflected in the expansion of business lobbies, free- market think tanks “ownership society” private ownership is a more genuine and economically efficient greater emphasis on non-governmental agencies organizations organic to local communities Significant tax cuts wealthy ones should “do what they want’ with their money
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AASP 101-Lecture week 6 - AASP 101 Week 6 Conservative VS...

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