Changes and Practices Essential for the Well-Being of a State

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Q1. Power elite theory suggests "that the leaders of big organizations inevitably dominate all large-scale societies, including the United States" (Domhoff 2005). Contrary to strict Marxism, which suggests that the 'haves' or privileged individuals within a given society hold the reins of power, and strict class conflict determines who dominates, power elite theory stresses that a certain elite group of persons (which can be a mix of the nation's intelligentsia, politicians, leaders of corporations, and other powerful individuals) structure society to benefit themselves. Wealth and possessing occupations with a great deal of social cache and living in the 'right' areas enable members of the elites to send their children to the 'correct' schools and create social, financial, and political networks that enable the elites to remain in power. Even supposedly liberal Democrats in the United States like Barak Obama are often beholden to the need to get elected and rely upon financing from elite financial institutions. This is a powerful challenge to the concept of meritocracy and class mobility. Q2. Citizens of a state should be free to practice their religion, but religious considerations should not affect the structure of a nation's laws, which should apply universally to all citizens, regardless of religious persuasion. Although politicians can hold private religious beliefs, this should not influence their governing of the nation. Similarly, no child should have to
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