In a paper explore the role of patriotism as an ideology to assuage guilt, to rationalize foreign policy, to divert attention from oppression and poor wages and lack of opportunity (as “opiate for the masses”).

Assignment Question

Attention: This is a 5 page (minimum) essay. In order to write a good essay you will have to draw from the reading or other sources for your material. note: Ideology is a part of each topic and you will need to understand what ideology means and how it impacts on your selected topic. You are not limited to what we have read for support, BUT (and this is critical) you must use our reading and video material to a large extent. You may use it as support, or you can use it as a foil to argue against or a combination of both. The important thing is that you use the sources in this module extensively and delve into the implications presented by the material. In order to score an A on the essay, you will need to bring in at least 2 different sources into each paragraph. A requirement of the essay is that you use in some way all three sources, Loewen, Zinn, and Chomsky.

For a 4 or 5 page essay, you would want your paragraphs to be at least 2/3 to a page long. They need to be that long to get in the support you need (at least two sources) and also your own argument. BUT paragraphs should not be much longer than that. You could have a two page paragraph in a 15 page essay because it would be right-sized for the project. And you need at least THREE topics to support your argument. Can pick either of these two topics. The sources that are below are the sources we’ve been using after essay 1.

Essay topic: Explore the role of patriotism as an ideology to assuage guilt, to rationalize foreign policy, to divert attention from oppression and poor wages and lack of opportunity (as “opiate for the masses”). Does the ideology “Our country right or wrong” (Loewen p. 229) belong in our textbooks or on the lips of our political representatives and what harm or good can it do? How is patriotism used by those who seek to sway public opinion with regards to actions that they want to take? Why are people poor? This topic will of necessity deal with causality and class. What is the connection between the rich and the poor? do not do a simple report basically saying that people are poor because they are statistically poor. Why are they poor and who does their poverty benefit

Sources: 1. Creating the Poor by Michael Parenti: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18fMsbALn9FM4kAUqeNlstjz6bqYqfAMU/view?usp=sharing 2. Inequality for All by Robert Reich: https://youtu.be/q-rpkZe2OEo 3. Excerpt from Chomsky on “Contemporary Poverty”: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15X-d9gN-l3tjX725mrU4xKq7Kdrli54w/view?usp=sharing 4. Excerpt from Chomsky, “Escaping Indoctrination.”: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10GYqld92htH_QHmMeKbLgpJiuMPsSHOK/view?usp=sharing 5. “Land of Opportunity”: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-vb7w-LXVDyUHIg8EtNzNOERe1H4TmHq/view?usp=sharing 6. Giving Labor the Business”: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1azIC6iHOxlznqZJ7LkUpMXCHwcKmjwDa/view?usp=sharing 7. Robber Barons and Rebels”: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cwDRXtdlpyNwriBkwhMBCzAHHILfETf1/view?usp=sharing 8. Mafia 9. Business, Apartheid and Racism: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uF1yzf3gA16vEP4DwjpC7-bgk10FuyEf/view?usp=sharing 10. Watching Big Brother: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O4yAXrjUlTowap4TrLstzF_YF0V7hyEK/view?usp=sharing 11. Fear and Social Control: https://youtu.be/w_ybzC2wP7Q 12. Bowling for Columbine(fear): https://youtu.be/oeQ4HWhPEdA 13. The Empire and the People: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10iyvfP4ZxuX_z08y41QWARNHfdbGfEK5/view?usp=sharing 14. Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17Q-cW1n53CU7jT7xObc_wLB5DeYeAm5SPHaJyUOQEv4/edit?usp=sharing 15. Discussion on Globalization:https://youtu.be/AHJPSLgHemM 16. The Promise of Global Institutions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EyvBhT2dhVvqusxBlC90TE12oEkkTb0C/view?usp=sharing