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Matthew Rose

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http://ourpolitics.net
Matt studies and analyzes politics at all levels. He is the creator of OurPolitics.net, a scholarly resource exploring political trends, political theory, political economy, philosophy, and more. He hopes that his articles can encourage more people to gain knowledge about politics and understand the impact that public policy decisions have on their lives. Matt is also involved in the preservation of recorded sound through IASA International Bibliography of Discographies, and is an avid record collector.

“A Persian Requiem” Book Analysis

A Persian Requiem is a 1969 novel by Iranian author Simin Daneshvar. A Persian Requiem is set in the Iranian city of Shiraz during...

Eleven Things You Need To Know About Islam

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world and is becoming increasingly prominent in the United States and parts of Europe. Even though Islam...

4 Reasons Why President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order is Wrong

Almost two weeks ago, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and...

Ali Shariati & Liberal Islamic Political Thought

One of the most important political theorists in Iran over the past century was Ali Shariati. Shariati was a well-known Iranian intellectual active during...

Political Communication in President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Address

One of the most significant tools in political communication is the use of public addresses and statements by the President of the United States....

Evolution of War Over the Past Century

The 20th and early 21st centuries are considered to the bloodiest periods of conflict in history. During this period, human society was characterized by...

Bonnie Steinbock “Most Abortions are Morally Legitimate” Textual Analysis

In the 2005 article “Most Abortions Are Morally Legitimate,” Bonnie Steinbock puts forward an argument stating that abortion is in fact morally justified in...

Don Marquis “Abortion Is Immoral” Textual Analysis

In the 1989 essay “Abortion Is Immoral,” Don Marquis argues that abortion is morally wrong. Marquis feels that most contemporary philosophers ignore the issue...

Samuel Huntington “Political Development and Political Decay” Summary

In the article, "Political development and political decay," Samuel Huntington explores the conflict between political mobilization and institutionalization and the importance of institutional development...

John Dewey & “The Quest for Certainty”

One of the most influential American philosophers of the 20th Century was John Dewey. Dewey was a proponent of pragmatism and wrote numerous works...

“Divided We Fall” Documentary Analysis

In the film “Divided We Fall,” Valarie Kaur looks at the issue of religious intolerance and religious violence in the US post 9/11 and...

The Concept of Victimization in the Books “Noonday” and “War Porn”

A common theme evident in nearly all pieces of literature that focus on the notion of war and the effects of warfare on civilians...

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan

One of the most influential philosophers in recent history is Thomas Hobbes, who was active in Great Britain during the 17th Century. Hobbes was...

What Is Utilitarianism

In the 1861 essay “What Utilitarianism Is,” John Stuart Mill defines the theory of utilitarianism and addresses the common misconceptions people have regarding it....

Lipsett and The Modernization Theory of Democracy

The theory on democratization by Seymour Lipsett focuses on the relationship between economic development and the likelihood of a country to become and remain...

The Elite Variable in Democracy

John Higley and Michael Burton argue that the decisions by societal elites play a role in democratic transitions regime breakdowns in their 1989 article...

“The political economy of democratic transitions” Response

In the article “The political economy of democratic transitions,” Stephen Haggard and Robert Kaufman explore the effects of socioeconomic factors on democracy. Since the...

The Political System of Iran

Since the 1978-79 Iranian Revolution, there has been much analysis by political scientists and political leaders as to what makes up the Iranian political...

Andre Gunder Frank & Dependency Theory

In the book “The development of underdevelopment,” Andre Gunder Frank discusses the factors that have resulted in underdevelopment in certain areas of the world...

South Korea & Structuralist Development Theory

In the realm of economic development at the global level, there are a multitude of theories that can be used to explain the development...

Donald Trump Convention Speech Summary

Yesterday, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. After thanking the delegates and the American people for...

Political Communication Theory in “Wag the Dog”

“Wag the Dog” is a 1997 film directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. The films follow an unnamed...

“Journeys With George” Political Documentary Summary

“Journeys With George” is a 2002 political documentary directed by Alexandra Pelosi. The film chronicles the 2000 Presidential campaign of George W. Bush from...

“One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern” Political Documentary Synopsis

“One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern” is a 2005 political documentary directed by Stephen Vittoria. The film examines the political...

“Mitt” Political Documentary Synopsis

“Mitt” is a 2014 political documentary directed by Greg Whiteley that chronicles Mitt Romney’s run for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008 and his...

“Street Fight” Political Documentary Summary

“Street Fight” is a 2005 political documentary directed by Marshall Curry. The film documents the 2002 Newark mayoral election between 16-year incumbent Sharpe James,...

The Media and American Politics: An Overview

The relationship between the media and American politics is traced back to the earliest days of American political history. The press played a significant...

Ayn Rand: Capitalism and Objectivism Manifested in Atlas Shrugged

One of the most significant political theories of the 20th Century is Ayn Rands Objectivism. Rand is known for promoting the philosophical idea of...

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to run for President?

A major consideration within American politics is the eligibility requirements of the President, in particular, the question of the “natural born” citizenship requirement. The...

Crtitque of the Electoral College System

During the debate over the ratification of the Constitution in the late 1780s, a series of essays known as the Federalist Papers were written....

Poland and International Law

An example of a country with a multi-leveled domestic judiciary system is Poland. Poland is a parliamentary republic and is an active member of...

“FDR’s Folly” Book Review

Throughout the 2003 book FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression, Jim Powell argues that the policies of U.S....

Greece & International Law

The international legal system depends on adoption by the domestic legal systems of individual states to function effectively. The international legal system is interpreted...

Hamas: Political Heroes or International Terrorists?

In the Islamic world, there has been much debate over the relationship between Islam and politics. Some Muslims argue in favor of increased secularism,...

Sierra Leone & International Law

In the realm of international relations, law can develop from a number of influences. The sources of international law may either be formal or...

“The Elusive Republic” Book Review

Throughout the 1980 book The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America, Drew McCoy attempts to explore the competing economic visions in the U.S....

International Law & Russia’s Intervention in Syria

One of the major foreign policy issues facing the world over the past few years is the Syrian Civil War and the formation of...

Is Marco Rubio a Realist?

In the Foreign Affairs article “Restoring America’s Strength,” US Senator Marco Rubio puts forward his vision for U.S. foreign policy assuming that he is...

ISIS: How and Where they Came From

One major foreign policy issue facing the world over the past few years is the rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)....

Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)

One of the most influential pieces of legislation in recent memory is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare.” Ever...

Is President Obama’s Immigration Executive Constitutional?

The issue of immigration reform in the United States has ignited a series of political debates over the last few years and has increased...

The Minimum Wage Debate & its Economic Future

One of the most important aspects of the debate over economic policy is the effectiveness of the Minimum Wage and the prospects for its...

Does Media Bias Exist?

Elite Media is defined as reporting of news and political events in as narrow a focus as possible, presumably to influence the political agenda...

This I Believe

This I Believe in all the principles that make our country strong. The main principle that makes our country strong is freedom and democracy....

The Subprime Mortgage Crisis & its Economic Impact

A current economic issue facing the U.S. is the aftermath of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis. The Subprime Mortgage Crisis coincided with the late 2000s...

“Why Iran Should Get the Bomb” Article Review

In his most recent Foreign Affairs article “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb,” political scientist Kenneth Waltz explores the background behind the debate over...

US Counter-Terrorism Strategy at the International Level Pre-and Post-9/11

A major policy issue affecting the US over the past 10 years has been the War on Terrorism and the most effective ways to...

My Experiences at the American Legion Boys State Program (June 2011)

There are some moments in life that are the result of hard work and determination. One such moment in my life was getting the...

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