Activity 1: Does the government cause social problems?
A fundamental question such as this is rarely discussed. Usually a government’s purpose is taken for granted. Core beliefs, values, and attitudes usually make up the foundation of whether individuals believe a minimalist government (laissez-faire or libertarian) or a welfare state (socialistic government) is most beneficial for society.
A. What societal problems are the result of the structure and purpose of each type of government?
B. How does a government become an oligarchy if it starts with democratic principles?
C. What beliefs, values and norms can we identify that relate to what the purpose of government should be?
D. Who is defining the role of the government as a problem?
E. What social structures contribute to the making of an oligarchy versus a democracy?