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Government is a Myth - Government is a Myth What is the state. The state is a concept. There is no physical person or object to which we can assign the label "government". Government is an idea. The physical manifestation of this idea is the network of people and institutions which enforce this idea upon the people. The state is a myth. The myth goes something like, "because people are incapable of making rational decisions, a small group of people must be given control over the decisions of everyone else." It is self-contradictory, and yet billions of people the world over have bought into this myth....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 694 words
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Arguments Against Legalized Euthanasia - The way "a person goes through the process of dying and accepts death is closely related to the way the person's society and culture view the process. A person's family, cultural values, social and medical institutions are all factors that form part of the context in which individuals die" (Dickinson and Leming 13). In past years, death was an accepted and natural part of life. Unlike today, death was common to occur at home with family and friends present. Advances in health, medicine and medical technology, however, have reduced people's contact with death....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 1139 words
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Abortion: Every Woman's Right - Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, known to some as murdering the foetus. There are many theories of the foetus being starved of oxygen or the womb being filled up with toxic gases, crushed up and extracted from the womb. This is all very well but remember that the foetus will not be older than 24 weeks and so cannot feel pain. If the foetus was brought in to the world unwanted, unloved and entering into a life of torture, is this not where the pain comes into it. is it not better that the child had passed away painlessly as an embryo in the mothers womb, rather than living a life if torture....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 819 words
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Why People Should Recycle - Why People Should Recycle I am not a big earth first person but I do believe in recycling because I work at a local recycling center and I think recycling is a good thing. In fact I think everyone should recycle to make the earth a better place as a whole. A few good reasons why recycling is a good this is, the more people recycle, the less room is filled in landfills. Also, when people recycle they are reusing materials, therefore saving resources. Another good reason is that when you recycle often times you get paid back the C.R.V....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative] 883 words
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Rogerian Arguments - The expression argument has two meanings in scholarly writing. First, it means a composition that takes a position on one side of a divisive issue. You might write an argument against the death penalty, or for or against censorship of pornography. But argument has another meaning, too. It means an essay that, simply, argues a point. You might assemble an argument about the significance of ancestor myths in a certain aborigine culture, or you might write an argument defending your understanding of any poem or essay that is read in your philosophy class....   [tags: Persuasive Writing]
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Limited Government - In the previous week I agreed with the philosophy of originalism and felt that the Founding Fathers had created a timeless framework for our government in the Constitution. They certainly did not expect the “modern government” we have now to get past their carefully worded Constitution. I do believe they thought they had protected us and were right in their mistrust of the government and the loss of individual freedom which comes with its growth. The Founders aim in the Constitution was to declare their reasons for independence and show the choice of government they chose over the large unresponsive English Government (Pilon, Page 259)....   [tags: Persuasive, The Constitution] 925 words
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Motivating Students - I believe a classroom should be a sanctuary of learning in which the students know from the beginning what is expected of them and the teacher should discuss what is expected of her as a teacher. There needs to be an understanding amongst all involved with the children education. This understanding can lead to a fun filled adventurous classroom that encourages students to strive for the best. I believe when students and teachers are able to learn from each other, the learning environment can be successful....   [tags: Persuasive, Classroom] 1917 words
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Rock Climbing - Inhale, exhale. Deep, cleansing breaths that rush through his body like a calming storm. He feels his heart thudding tirelessly against his chest, pressing against his ribs, and rising into his ears. He dips his hands into the soft white powder, rubbing it between his fingers, feeling each grain of chalk disintegrate with the applied pressure and mold into his skin. He reaches out and grabs the rough, sandpaper-like plastic rocks. He feels the coarse texture dig into his skin as he lifts himself onto the wall....   [tags: Informative, Persuasive]
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Eating Disorders - Eating disorders are a group of conditions characterized by severe disturbances in eating behavior with either an extreme reduction or an extreme increase of food intake, which negatively affects the individual's mental and physical health. There are two main types of eating disorders – anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. There is a third category of eating disorders called “eating disorders not otherwise specified”. Binge eating disorder is categorized under this. Eating disorders mainly appear during adolescence and early adulthood and affect women and girls much more than males....   [tags: Persuasive, Argumentative] 1282 words
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Student Financial Assistance - Student Financial Assistance George W. Bush said education is “the great lifting mechanism of an egalitarian society.” He means, education is the great equalizer amongst individuals in a society established on equality. Unfortunately, access to education is not always as equal, nor are we living in an egalitarian society. In 1965, congress passed legislation, namely the Higher Education Act of 1965, in order to diminish the distance between students and the reality of higher education. Despite their seemingly positive intentions, the office of Student Financial Assistance has evolved into a very unpopular entity of the executive branch....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 2036 words
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Abolishing Affirmative Action - Affirmative action is a policy or a program of giving certain preferences to certain (usually under-represented) groups. This typically focuses on education, employment, government contracts, health care, or social welfare. There is much debate concerning claims that it fails to achieve its desired goal, and that it has unintended and undesirable side-effects. There are also claims that the practice is itself racist or sexist Affirmative action began as a corrective measure for governmental and social injustices against demographic groups that have been subjected to prejudice....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 1889 words
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Military, Army and War - Military Down Sizing and the Fall of a Great Nation - Military Down Sizing:  The Possible Fall of a Great Nation     America is one the most powerful nations in the world.  Being a strong nation includes having a strong military as well as economy.  As one can observe, the U. S. economy is growing by leaps and bounds.  However, the military is being down sized, and if we do not do something about it, it will continue to be down sized until we have an armed force that will no longer be capable of protecting this great nation.  Not only will this down sizing affect our ability to protect ourselves, it will also cause a substantial loss in economic strength and power abroad.  Because military down sizing lessens our power abroad, opens the Unit...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Equal Rights Not Special Rights for Gays - Gays: Seeking Equal Rights Not Special Rights On October 6, 1998 two men took Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, about a mile outside of Laramie Wyoming. These men took him out to a split-rail fence, tortured him, then tied him put onto the fence, and left him for death. He was found late the next day by two bikers, 18 hours after the attack. When the bikers first saw Matthew tied to the fence, they thought that Matthew was a scarecrow, but realized that it was a person. Matthew remained in a coma until October 12, then died at 12:53 a.m....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1008 words
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Capital Punishment Essay - True Justice Through Application of the Death Penalty - True Justice Through Application of the Death Penalty       The death penalty, as administered by states based on their individual laws, is considered capital punishment, the purpose of which is to penalize criminals convicted of murder or other heinous crimes (Fabian).  The death penalty issue has been the focus of much controversy in recent years, even though capital punishment has been a part of our country's history since the beginning.  Crimes in colonial times, such as murder and theft of livestock were dealt with swiftly and decisively ("The Death Penalty...").  Criminals were hanged shortly after their trial, in public executions....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Vouchers and School Choice - First Step Towards a Discriminatory Educational System - School Vouchers:  The First Step Towards a Discriminatory Educational System On November 9, 1998, Jennifer Marshall, Education Policy Analyst for the Family Research Council, declared in a press statement: "Parental choice in education just got a green light from the Supreme Court." Her statement came as a response to the decision made the same day by the Supreme Court to deny a petition for a writ of certiorari in Jackson v. Benton, a case in Wisconsin which challenges the constitutionality of vouchers in public education....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1923 words
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Essay on Internet Privacy - Carnivore is an Invasion to Privacy - Carnivore is an Invasion to Privacy Carnivore is the FBI's latest toy. All the time we hear about how it is an invasion to privacy, and while I do agree it does have serious problems it also has some moral dilemmas. For example who is subject to Carnivore and where is it located. How much and What kind of information is the FBI interested in getting. Lets start by looking at just what exactly Carnivore is. Carnivore is an actual piece of hardware that the FBI connects to an internet backbone....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 709 words
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Evolution Essays - Is There a Conspiracy to Suppress Creation Science? - Is There a Conspiracy to Suppress "Creation Science". Two Works Cited A frequent claim in creationist literature is that there is a wealth of scientific evidence to support creationism, but that secular, mainstream scientists are suppressing its publication in peer-reviewed journals. They are not giving creation-scientists a fair shake, they claim; they are being censored. The fact is that creation scientists are not even submitting scientific theories on creation for publication. Needless to say, mainstream scientists cannot censor what is not being submitted One can begin to investigate this issue by examining what the creation-scientists are submitting for publication....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 584 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Gay Teenagers and the Internet - Gay Teenagers Need the Internet         The Internet serves as a platform for gay teens to express their feelings and concerns about being gay. Beyond the pornography on the Net there are also valuable and useful resources that gay teens can take advantage of. But why are these teens t using to the Internet for support. Most of the teenagers questionned for this discussion indicated that parents are not supportive of a homosexual way of life.   Most people would agree that adolescent years are some of the toughest in a persons' life....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Dangerous Combination of the Media and the Weight-Loss Industry - The Dangerous Combination of the Media and the Weight-Loss Industry   Abstract: Excessive use of diet pills by American women stems from the idea that thinness is ideal. This ideal is unlikely to change in the near future, so the use of diet pills and other unhealthy fat diets is likely to increase. If women remain unaware of the health risks associated with the use and abuse of these unregulated drugs, rates of illness and even death are also likely to increase. In 1997, the use of diet pills directly caused seventeen deaths (Cohen)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Alcohol and Drinking - America Must Lower the Drinking Age - America Must Lower the Drinking Age In other countries around the world if you are under the age of 21 you can drink alcohol some countries don't even have an age limit, but in America you have to be 21 to buy alcohol. You can go to war and die for your country when you are 18, you can also vote, buy cigarettes, but you can't buy alcohol. One of the main causes of the drinking age being set to 21 was teenagers were getting into car accidents after getting drunk. I am not saying driving under the influence should be legal....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Exemplification Essay: Three-Strikes Law is a Mindless Response to Crime - In 1983, a young man named Michael was brought before a Pennsylvania court on a charge of armed robbery: he stole $50 from a taxi driver using a toy gun. A few days later he was arrested and was subsequently convicted. Although the trial judge sentenced Michael to 6 months in prison and required that he repay the $50, the prosecutor demanded the 5 year minimum sentence required by state law. The trial judge ruled the mandatory sentencing law unconstitutional, and Michael served his prison time and repaid the money....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2569 words
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Abortion - How can I Impose My Morality on Another? - Abortion - How can I Impose My Morality on Another.       "I'm opposed to abortion, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" This common expression expresses the sentiments of one who wishes to be open to the religious convictions of another on this delicate issue of abortion.   In that statement, replace the word "abortion" with anything else you're opposed to. Like "I'm opposed to racism, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" or "I'm opposed to rape, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" Sounds pretty ridiculous, doesn't it....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative]
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Affirmative Action Essay: Quotas for White Players in the NBA? - Is Affirmative Action Analogous to Setting Quotas for White Players in the NBA. The NBA analogy doesn't even apply because that is not how affirmative action even works. All affirmative action recipients must be qualified for their jobs. Besides, the fact that blacks overcome their social disadvantages to dominate in the NBA is no justification for keeping them disadvantaged. The argument that it's wrong to give whites an even greater advantage to make up for their lack of merit is irrelevant. If blacks got an equal start in life, they might even dominate the NBA more than they do now....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 926 words
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Television and Media Violence - TV Violence and Common Sense - Television Violence and Common Sense   It is obvious that children are affected by television. They often pretend to be their favorite character, reenact scenes from movies, and wear clothes featuring their media heroes. As a child, I pretended to be one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while practicing my fighting skills on invisible bad guys. Although these things are usually a healthy part of growing up, it would be foolish to assume that children are not affected in a negative way by all of the violence that appears on television....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Cloning - It’s Time to Stop the Cesorship of Science - It’s Time to Stop the Cesorship of Science How responsible are scientists for science and its applications. In a recent issue of the journal Science the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Sir Joseph Rotblat, proposes a Hippocratic oath for scientists. He is strongly opposed to the idea that science is neutral and that scientists are not to be blamed for its misapplication. Therefore, he proposes an oath, or pledge, initiated by the Pugwash Group in the United States (Science 286, 1475 1999)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 773 words
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The War on Drugs is a War on the Poor -      The “War on Drugs" has been so terribly ineffective that it leads one to question its true motives. Even a dog can eventually learn from an electric fence, so why not the United States government. Is the goal really to curtail drug use, or is it to segregate society and vilify the disadvantaged. A combination of mandatory minimum sentencing and other unjust laws has led to an enormous rise in U.S. prison populations. Thanks to these laws, 60 percent of the federal prison population consisted of nonviolent drug offenders as of 1999....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1261 words
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Vouchers and School Choice - It's Time for School Choice - It's Time for School Choice The oft sounded death knell for our nation's public schools can be heard everywhere from the breakfast conversations of Main Street diners to the committee rooms and corridors of our nation's capitol. Citing sagging test scores and the overwhelming disparity in quality among schools, many argue that something has gone dreadfully wrong with our nation's public schools. They fret that the very notion of the American Dream might be founded on increasingly shaky ground....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 940 words
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Free Essays on Possibilities Offered by Vouchers and School Choice - The Exciting Possibilities Offered by School Choice        We are in the midst of an unprecedented attack on public schools in the United States. What is causing this attack. Since schools are public institutions, they are by their nature subject to close scrutiny in a democratic society such as ours. All would agree that public schools must be willing to change to meet the changing needs of the greater society. It just seems that in the past decade, the mudslinging has gotten out of hand.   Only now is evidence emerging testifying to the fact that much of the criticism leveled at public schools is exaggerated and misplaced....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-sex Marriage is Inevitable - Same-sex Marriage is Inevitable       For many parents, the marriage of their child is a very happy and proud time. Most parents expect their children to get married and have children. But what if their child is gay or lesbian. Their child may have met the perfect person to spend their life with, but their child cannot get legally married. Same-sex couples can hold wedding ceremonies, but the law does not recognize these unions. Many heterosexuals take for granted the benefits that are extended to their spouse by way of legal marriage....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Capital Punishment Essay - Christians and the Death Penalty - Christians and the Death Penalty Almost all societies have dispensed with the principle of "an eye for an eye," and considered it a step toward more enlightened civilization. Christians who cite "an eye for an eye" in their defense of the death penalty are usually unaware of the strict criteria that God imposed before it could be used to take human life. The Old Testament also allowed the death penalty for crimes that today we consider less than misdemeanors -- clearly, the Old Testament law is archaic....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1100 words
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Proclaim Your Freedom of Speech – Burn a Flag! - Proclaim Your Freedom of Speech – Burn a Flag.       "This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours" (quoted in Smith 87). This statement by Woodrow Wilson summarizes the debate over a proposed amendment to outlaw burning of the American flag. Is this symbol of our nation too powerful to be defiled in our collective mind, or is its manifestation of values the reason for us to outlaw its desecration....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Abortion is Not the Reason for Lower Crime Rates - What is wrong with the ivory tower. The appointment of Peter ("Death to Disabled Newborns!") Singer to the bioethics faculty at Princeton University has generated considerable controversy. Recently, University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and Stanford University Law School professor John Donohue III created a furor with their research paper "Legalized Abortion and Crime." The authors contend that legalized abortion fueled the drop in crime in the 1990s because a new subclass of humanity they've identified- "women most at risk to have children who would engage in criminal activity"-have higher abortion rates, thus preemptively executing the would-be felons....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1637 words
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Reintroduction of the Lynx Does More Harm Than Good - Reintroduction of the Lynx Does More Harm Than Good      There I was, standing face to face with the bobtailed lynx. It was looking right at me and licking its chops with delight. It seemed as if the beast was thinking "Lunch" on this cold, gray December day, but I wasn't worried about being attacked. The reason for this was the fact that this was a domestic lynx that just happened to be on the other side of a stout metal cage, so there was no chance of the lynx getting a hold of me.      At one time, the lynx lived all the way along the Continental Divide clear up into Canada....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Stem Cell Research and a Ban on Human Cloning - Stem Cell Research and a Ban on Human Cloning   Some biotechnology companies claim that a ban on producing human embryos through cloning would stall important research in generating "stem cells" to cure a variety of diseases [Cong. Record, 2/5/98, S425]. To put this claim in perspective:   1. Cloning is desired as a source of "customized stem cell lines" which would be an exact genetic match to each individual patient with a given disease. But this would require each individual patient to undergo somatic cell nuclear transfer to produce one or many living human embryos who genetically are the patient's identical twin sisters or brothers....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1465 words
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Death Penalty Essay: The Barbaric Practice of Capital Punishment - The Barbaric Practice of Capital Punishment          Rarely has any issue across the world faced such fierce debate as the practice of sentencing convicted persons to death. Capital punishment, or the death penalty, was until the last few centuries, a widespread and common event, applicable for even a minor offense. As society and culture have evolved, however, the barbaric practice has come under close scrutiny. Today, many first-world countries have outlawed the death penalty in all but the rarest instances, such as treason during wartime....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Capital Punishment Essay: Should Execution of Inmates be Televised? - Should the Execution of Death Row Inmates be Televised.        On discussing the appeal of the highly-rated CBS television show, "Survivor," host Jeff Probst said the "appeal of the show lies in the idea that it is truly a human experience" (Mason par. 3).  Now imagine a show in which American television viewers are permitted to watch the live execution of a Death Row inmate.  Would broadcasting a live execution have the same "appeal" as "Survivor"?  Or would televising an inmate's execution have horrific and harmful consequences on the American public, putting the issue of capital punishment, as well as their ethical standards, in jeopardy....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Free Essays on Vouchers, School Choice, and Charter Schools - School Choice and Charter Schools I am not so sure I am for or against the idea of school choice as much as the idea for educational equality. If school choice and charter schools are the way this country will gain equity in the schools then I am for school choice. I feel that the impoverished are not going to get the best education that is available to them in their area. If the town fifteen miles away is a much better school, both educationally and developmentally, then I believe that the student that goes to school A should have the opportunity to attend school B....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 495 words
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Vouchers and School Choice Meet the Needs of Parents - School Choice Meets the Needs of Parents Parents are requesting the ability to choose a school for their children as a means towards legitimate objectives. "The parents are saying that they are not going to tolerate their children being miseducated any more, and that they are the ones who ultimately responsible for what happens for their children". (Milwaukee Parental Choice program). "Parents are using the scholarships to meet a number of needs, including high academic standards; safety; discipline; and moral environment".(Following The Teachers' Lead)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 791 words
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Capital Punishment Essay: Benefits of the Death Penalty - The Benefits of the Death Penalty Crime is everywhere. Wherever we look, we find criminals and crime. Criminals have become a part of our daily lives. Does this mean we let them be the darkness of our society. No, definitely not. Eliminating crime and criminals is our duty, and we cannot ignore it. Getting the rightly accused to a just punishment is very important. Some criminals commit a crime because they have no other option to survive, but some do it for fun. I do not advocate death penalty for everybody....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative]
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The Missile Defense System of the United States - The Missile Defense System of the United States Abstract      When Ronald Reagan was in the Presidency, he and his staff came up with the idea for a missile defense system that would defend the country in the event of a nuclear missile attack. This system was named "Star Wars" and the basic principal behind it was that it would be a shield that covered all fifty states. However, government officials soon realized that Reagan's defense system was impossible to build, so the program was dropped, but the idea to defend the country against a missile attack stuck around....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Media Essay - Advertisements for Body Enhancement Supplements - Advertisements for Body Enhancement Supplements There is evidence that shows that at least one scientist reported 100 years ago that testosterone is the cause of masculine features in males. But 100 years ago this was yet to be proven. That is approximately how long the idea of a product which aids in the enhancement of mass and strength for people was around. However, when the actual development of the product came around, the advertisements designed to aid in the sales and production of the product left a lot to be desired compared to what is available....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1302 words
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The Hazards of High Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diets - The Hazards of High Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diets A young, healthy teenage girl fell to her death after following a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet for no more than two weeks. The girl, having no identified sicknesses or medical conditions, exhibited "electrolyte imbalances" along with minimal levels of potassium and calcium, which appeared to be a result of the diet according to doctors at the University of Missouri Health Science Center. These irregularities upset the "normal electrical function of her heart" causing it to stop and her to collapse ("US teen ....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Death Penalty: Capital Punishment is State Sanctioned Murder - Capital Punishment is State Sanctioned Murder      Old Sparky and Gruesome Gertie (affectionate names for the electric chair) have taken the lives of many, even the innocent (Finnerty 18). They are prejudiced and lack compassion. However, many Americans believe that they represent justice. Capital punishment does not represent justice, but vengeance and hate. Among the 7,000 people estimated to have been killed in the United States between 1900 and 1985, at least 23 were innocent (Finnerty 18)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay and Lesbian Issues - Homosexuality Is Wrong - Homosexuality Is Wrong         Within the past several years gay and lesbian rights has become a huge issue. Gays and lesbians have started to come out of the 'closet," and proudly admitting their sexuality. In the past few years gays and lesbians have been fighting for the right to marry, and adopt children. So far there is only one state that allows gays to become married. People have become more and more open minded with homosexuality. Twenty years ago homosexuality was looked down upon (in general), but now our society thinks that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Physiological and Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women - Physiological and Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women   1.0 Introduction   There are many arguments surrounding the abortion debate. An issue dealing with abortion that has not been explored very thoroughly is the issue of Post-Abortion-Syndrome. This paper will examine the psychological and physiological effects of abortion, on the women who had them, later in life. This paper dealing with abortion will not explore either side of the abortion debate because to do so would introduce biases....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Is an Aborted Baby Only Potential Life ? - Is an Aborted Baby Only "Potential Life" .   Simmons says in Personhood, the Bible, and the Abortion Debate:  The genetic definition of personhood confuses potentialities with actualities. Potentialities are certainly important but they do not have the same value as actualities. "An embryo is not a person but the possibility or the probability of there being a person many months or even years in the future," Charles Hartshorne has argued. "Obviously possibilities are important, but to blur the distinction between them and actualities is to darken counsel." The same point is made by John Stott in saying that the decision to abort for reasons of maternal health is "a choice between an actua...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Internet Censorship Essay - Censorship and the Internet - Censorship and the Internet As the First Amendment states, we as Americans are given numerous freedoms. These freedoms become a constitutional right which no one can take away from us. Among these rights are the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Many people feel that with these two freedoms combined they can post on the Internet whatever they want. However, the First Amendment does have limitations. Contrary to what some people may believe, our freedom of speech is not protected when it comes to indecency....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 715 words
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Television and Media Essay - Dangers of Censorship - Dangers of Censorship Imagine yourself as a journalist today who is frozen and wakes up in the United States 100 years from now. The country has changed quite a bit from what you remember. Technology has definitely advanced, language seems to have evolved a bit, and nothing looks the same, except fashion. Due to a recent trend that brought back the 90's you are strangely up on the recent fashion trends. As you roam the streets, you try to gain a bearing on this advanced country so you pick up a newspaper....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 831 words
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Abortion Is Not Strictly the Woman's Private Matter - Abortion Is Not Strictly the Woman's Private Matter When it is said that abortion is just a woman's issue, we forget that there are two people involved in creating a child. Fathers are continually overlooked and disregarded in situations involving abortion. Many would say that a father is not affected by the woman's choice to have an abortion. Legally, fathers are responsible for providing prenatal support for their preborn child, but have no legal rights if the mother decides to terminate the life of that child....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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An Abortion at 28 Days Would Be Harmless! - An Abortion at 28 Days Would Be Harmless. Let's examine the fetal development on a daily basis for the first 28 days of life - and then decide whether such an early abortion would be "harmless" or not. Day 1: Fertilization: One little boy begins the first day of his life within his mother's body. At this point, his father's sperm and his mother's egg combine to form a new human being who carries with him as much information as 50 sets of a 33-volume encyclopedia. This genetic information (DNA) will determine all of this little person's physical characteristics and much of his intelligence and personality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 547 words
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A Proposal for a Law to Monitor Cloning -    The purpose of this essay is to propose a policy for monitoring and legislating cloning so that it can be used appropriately for science and medical research and benefits. This report will explain the needs for monitoring cloning, my plan for monitoring cloning, the many benefits that the world will gain from monitoring cloning, and how we can implement my plan. The Cloning Controversy Public opinion toward cloning is often negative. A Time /CNN poll taken a few days after Ian Wilmut's announcement regarding the cloning of a sheep found that 93% of Americans felt cloning was bad, and 66% opposed animal cloning (Masci 2)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Affirmative Action is Discrimination in a New Form - Affirmative Action - Discrimination in a New Form   The roots of affirmative action can be traced back to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act where legislation redefined public and private behavior. The act states that to discriminate in private is legal, but anything regarding business or public discrimination is illegal ("Affirmative" 13). There are two instances when opposing affirmative action might seem the wrong thing to do. Even these two cases don't justify the use of affirmative action....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1764 words
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Is Flag Burning Protected by the First Amendment? - Is Flag Burning Protected by the First Amendment.          Can an individual be prosecuted for openly burning the American flag in a political protest. Gregory Johnson did this in a political protest outside Dallas City Hall. He was then tried and convicted of desecrating a venerated object under a Texas law (Penal Code 42.09), which states that "a person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly desecrates a state or national flag" (317). The question of whether this Texas law is in violation of the First Amendment, which "holds that Congress shall make no law......   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Human Cloning is not a Moral Issue - Human Cloning is not a Moral Issue There has been an onslaught of protests and people lobbying for a ban on human cloning ever since Dolly the sheep was cloned by Dr. Wilmut and his colleagues. Not only has the media exploited the ethics of the issue and scared the public with images of Frankenstein and evil scientists, but many worldwide authorities such as President Bill Clinton, Jacques Chirac of France, and Prime Minister John Major of Great Britain have all spoken out publicly against human cloning and have proposed legislation and committees to regulate and/or ban it....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Benefits of Cloning vs. Antiquated Religious Beliefs - Benefits of Cloning vs. Antiquated Religious Beliefs     When one thinks of cloning, what comes to mind?  Movies such as "Multiplicity" can give the lay person a very distorted image of cloning.  In this particular movie, actor Michael Keaton plays a father who cannot handle his crazily busy lifestyle.  In an effort to be the perfect father, husband and employee, he has himself cloned fairly easily at a nearby medical center.  The three clones each have their own personality: one is sarcastic and bitter, one is sweet and sensitive and one is a half-wit- but all are identical.  This cloning process is completely false.  At this time, scientists have cloned animals including Rhesus monkeys,...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Horrors of Animal Research, Testing, and Experimentation - The Horrors of Animal Testing   The torture and murder of millions of animals annually has been occurring for centuries now. Every year we ignore it, and every year the numbers grow. The act of vivisection or the practice of experimenting on animals began because of religious prohibitions against dissection of human corpses. After religious leaders lifted these prohibitions, it was too late. Vivisection had become a major part of medical and educational research. As well as major part of product testing in many companies....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Desecration of the Flag Should be Prohibited - Desecration of the Flag Should be Prohibited Is it necessary to allow all forms of protest to protect the right of citizens to express grievances against their government. It is not a violation of free speech to outlaw burning of the flag because it is not speech. It will not lead to the limiting of other avenues of protest, of which many are more expressive of specific problems. All attempts to protect the flag short of a Constitutional amendment have failed in the end. A change to the constitution to prohibit the desecration of the U.S....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 932 words
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Embryonic Stem Cells Unnecessary for Medical Progress - Embryonic Stem Cells Unnecessary for Medical Progress Reporting on new research by Dr. Donald Orlic of the National Institutes of Health and others, indicating that adult bone marrow stem cells can help repair, and restore function in, damaged hearts: "Until now, researchers thought that stem cells from embryos offered the best hope for rebuilding damaged organs, but this latest research shows that the embryos, which are politically controversial, may not be necessary. 'We are currently finding that these adult stem cells can function as well, perhaps even better than, embryonic stem cells,' Orlic said." - "Approach may repair heart damage," MSNBC, March 30, 2001 (www.msnbc.c...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1526 words
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Capital Punishment Essay: Controversy Distorts Capital Punishment - Controversy Distorts Capital Punishment Is it just me, or have we become totally fixated with the issue of capital punishment. Save abortion, I can't think of a single issue with more passionate advocates on each side. Waiting for the controversy over capital punishment to be resolved is like waiting for Godot. What amazes me most about all of this passion and fervor is the fact that, on the grand scale of things, it really doesn't make a lick of difference. Oh sure, it matters to the guy who gets the needle in his arm, and it's an issue of concern to the families of his victims, but it doesn't really touch the rest of us one way or the other....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 713 words
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War on Drugs is a Dismal Failure -      With a bipartisan vote of 263-146, the House recently approved a bill that included $1.7 billion to combat the drug cartels of Columbia with additional military aid.  In doing so, they perpetuated what could be one of the United States' most misguided policies of recent history. At least some Republicans can give themselves a pat on the back for attempting to remove the Columbian aid from the $13 billion foreign aid bill.  Unfortunately, today's drug war is largely a Reagan-era Republican creation, so intoxicating that even the vast majority of liberals mindlessly defend it.  Regardless, both parties now overwhelmingly champion the war on drugs, leaving its opponents a mix of unlikely...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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