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POLS 112 Lecture: Safety and Defense

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POLS 112- American and California Government
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These are notes from class on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Includes notes from discussion about why we fight as well as information on internal defense (why the US is so violent and information on the incar...
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This 3 page One Day of Notes was uploaded by Julia Gladding on Sunday January 25, 2015. The One Day of Notes belongs to 8616 at California State Polytechnic University taught by Michael Latner in Winter2015. Since its upload, it has received 144 views. For similar materials see POLS 112- American and California Government in Political Science at California State Polytechnic University.


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Date Created: 01/25/15
Wednesday January 21 2015 POLS 112 Lecture W 121 Allocating Values Safety and Defense Why Do We Fight External Defense Protect our rights freedoms To take property wealthEmpire resources Assert dominance Extend our values democracy Allies with nondemocratic Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia Yemen for My Helping othersdefending others Economic growth RevengeJustice WWII left the US in a very powerful position defeated fascism in Europe US has largest military in the world US is in a complex situation Comes down to a country s values Two sides sustainexpand military to keep world from being chaotic See the world as chaotic and need to maintain higharchy still in a Cold War mentality decrease military US does not need to be the world s police Look at the role of the US as changing priorities for defense change too Terrorism object to put terror on people not to kill a huge number of people but killing important people Wednesday January 21 2015 Internal Defense US in terms of gun homicide not the worst place to live Worst South America drug wars Historically US is an extremely violent country Compared to other wealthy democracies in the world the US assault deaths are extremely high 19601980 increasing violence Since 1980s assault deaths have been on the decline living in one of the safest periods to ever live in the US But still twice as high as other wealthy democracies Why is the US violent religious diversity 80 Christian 20 others Cultural media sensationalizes violence not video games Relative deprivation notion that there is deprivation relative to other members of society lt Inequalityopportunity Guns Canada and Switzerland have high gun ownership rates but low homicide rates Switzerland Regulations for who has guns very tight Canada mainly hunting rifles Legislation on universal background check never made it to the floor of Congress Why Lobbyists NRA which is made up mainly of gun manufacturers Proposed legislation would decrease sales Wednesday January 21 2015 Incarceration rate US incarceration rate highest in the world in both total numbers and population rates Why More punitive laws on average drug laws well organized police force low rehabilitation rates 66 of people go back to jail mental illness and drug addiction are seen as people who need punishment not as patients Who is going to jail Mostly men 1 in 9 men 1 in 56 women naturally more violent White men 1 in 17 white men 1 in 111 white women Black men 1 in 3 black men 1 in 18 white women Latino men Education and race are interacting most likely to go to jail are black men that are high school dropouts Where are they going to jail Highest incarceration rates in the deep South Louisiana Mississippi Also has to do with public policy


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