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Length: 6-8 pages/1500-2000 words (double spaced, 12-point font, 2.5 cm margins)
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Length: 6-8 pages/1500-2000 words (double spaced, 12-point font, 2.5 cm margins)
Length: 6-8 pages/1500-2000 words (double spaced, 12-point font, 2.5 cm margins) Value: 20% Late essays will be subject to a -2% penalty per day Your title page must include your name, student number, TAs name, and submission date. Your essay must have a clear paragraph structure each starting with a clear topic sentence. You will need to use at least two secondary academic sources from the course syllabus or beyond. Your essay must start with a comprehensive introduction which includes: -A statement of the topic you will be addressing in your paper. -The opposing views you will be comparing and contrasting in your essay. -Your thesis/ argument. -An outline of how your essay will be organized. Evaluation To receive a passing grade, you must meet the minimum academic standards and assignment requirements. You will also be assessed based on how well you understand the concepts, issues and arguments raised in the course material from the winter term. Essay Questions and Texts to Review: Pick one question only ..... Wright, R. 2004. A Short History of Progress. Anansi Press. Is the current system of global capitalism heading into the biggest “progress trap” in human history as described by Ronald Wright? How are global problems such as climate change or economic inequality within or between countries characteristic of the progress trap as discussed by Wright? Reflecting on arguments from Wright’s book or the film, Surviving Progress, explain how the ideology of progress might prevent us from seeing progress traps and what we might do to avoid their worst impact? Friedman, M. 2010. “The Relation between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom” in Capitalism and Freedom (15-26). University of Chicago Press. McNally, D. (2011). “Chapter 5- Debt, Discipline, and Dispossession: Race, Class, and the Global Slump” in Global Slump (113-145). Fernwood Press. Does capitalism promote or undermine individual freedom? Compare and contrast Milton Friedman and David McNally ́s arguments and their respective conceptions of capitalism, individual freedom and the relation between the two. Friedman, M. (1970) “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits’ in The New York Times Magazine, September 13, 1970. Klein, N. (2000). No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Knopf Canada. Are large corporations and their brands a threat to democracy within capitalist economies or can corporations contribute to the broader societal well-being? Do you agree or disagree with Milton Friedman that the only responsibility of a business is to make a profit for its “shareholders” and provide low prices to consumers or are you in favour of the “stakeholder” view of capitalism? Behrent, M. (2016). Karl Polanyi and the Reality of Society. History and Theory 55, 433- 451 Boix, C. 2019. “Introduction” in Democratic Capitalism at the Crossroads (1-24). Princeton University Press. Przeworski, A. 1985. Chapter 6 “Democratic Capitalism at a Crossroads” in Capitalism and Social Democracy (205-221). Cambridge University Press. Can the “democratic capitalism” described by Carles Boix serve to meet the challenges of technological change such as automation or environmental problems such as climate change or micro-plastics pollution? Drawing on Karl Polanyi’s concept of the “double movement”, as outlined in the reading by Michael Behrent, describe the tensions involved in reforming capitalism and consider whether democratic capitalism can serve to solve a particular contemporary social, political or environmental problem. ONLY use these sources provided

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