This is a Pewresearch article on the different takes between Republicans and Democrats on what makes people poor and rich. I mainly chose this article because I was researching different way to write about and include statistics in my argument. The content is also applicable because it is talking about reasons for wealth, which is one of the main questions my paper should explore. The article is very number-centric, but at the same time it talks about the implications of the statistics in a way that is very educational to my own writing.
This is an article I am using as content this for one of my main reasons for why there is racial disparity in America. The theory came out in the 80s and has been recently “debunked” many time by people wanting to claim that the disparity is not caused by actions but rather the mysterious systemic racism. This article is claiming that no, it has not been really debunked and offers pretty good statistics that I can use to prove this point.
This short article is explaining what racial economic inequality is and how drastic it is in America. Here my goal was to read articles that I disagree with. My idea was I just get a solid understand of what I wish to disprove or counter, so that I can do that effectively. The article talks about the different types of figures that show racial disparities. I need to educate myself on the multitude of statistic so that I can write a really throrough paper. Also I need to know the terminology and types of figures to prove some type of authority as that’s something vital to analysis.
This article from Buisiness Insider shows one of many flaws in the argument of systemic racism. This is a chart showing the median incomes of the major race groups in America. The question it poses is that if there is in fact systemic racism keeping black boys down in lower income brackets, why is there not racism for other minority groups? Also, what is more likely: mysterious laws that no ones knows that say black people cant be successful or that people from different groups happen to make different individual choices? What else could contribute? Perhaps certain ethnic groups hold values like hard work and education higher than others and that contributes to the disparity?
So in my paper my goal is to explain why though there is significant disparities between minority income, this is not necessary proof of discrimination as a driving factor. But the fact still remains that the disparities do in fact exist, so then what? We still must answer the question about what and what not to do. In this video Milton Friedman explains the correct steps to take to close the gap. In my paper I want to address the remedy in my estimation. I will use the content of this video to explain what the root of the problem is and how to fix it.
Another fiscally ruinous entitlement is the last thing America needs, according to George Will. Will is really hard hitting here, which is something I like. In my essay I think will have to walk a fine line trying to not sound racist, but at the same time saying the facts with conviction. There is nothing inherently prejudice about facts, even though some would disagree. I think I need to simultaneously prove that it is not racist and that it’s true. I chose this article because it speaks about economic policy and my ideas about the policy resulting from the racial disparity is something I will address in my paper.
Instead of thinking about capitalism as a firm, unchanging ideology, Bhu Srinivasan suggests that we should think of it as an operating system. So I came across this video while searching YouTube with the purpose of finding new and interesting ways to talk about Economics. Truthfully I didn’t think this was a good speech, but yet there is something to be learned. Srinivasan was very persuasive and pleading that we fix this before bad things happen, this type of persuasion is something I can model. I want my essay to read somewhat like a speech, with a good flow as I feel I have been rather rigid trying to sound academic.
This article is what brought my attention to the original study and it is presents the claims that I will spend most of my essay attempting to refute. In Hume’s terms, the study presents the “is”: objective facts about the world, while this article gives the “ought”: what we can conclude about modern society. I have no business trying to rebuttal the “is” as I am not a social scientist but the “ought” that I think can rightfully be derived from the study is the opposite of NYT. I will directly cite this source in my paper as what I am arguing against. I will quote this text to destroy it.
Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains in this video why she claims there is no real wage gap between genders. I am not doing my paper on the gender wage gap, but there are definitely parallels in the argument Ms. Sommers makes and the one I’m going to attempt. Recently I have been thinking about the structure of my essay and how to present my points in order so that it will be most effective. Sommers gives me a good model to reference for structure. Since the two arguments are parallel, there is many parts as far as content goes that I can use.
This is a really cool article because of Sowell’s ability to expose a logical disconnect that escapes so many; using a familiar example that many can resonate with. Thomas Sowell is a well respected economist and thinker that I like and has written extensively on this topic. I like the way he writes this article and it is something that I could definitely model my own paper after. Not only the style, but also the content is something I could reference in my paper.