Syed Ali Abidin
Prof. Dr. Steven Kurvink
Political Philosophy 51
May 26, 2014
My Political Philosophy
Political Philosophy is typically a study of a wide range of topics such as, justice, liberty, equality, rights, law, politics and the application of a codified law. Depending on what the philosophy is, it usually tends to be a very sensitive and a personal ideology that an individual holds within the reality of their existence. Several of the fundamental topics of political philosophy shape up the society that we live in as these specific topics and their implementation by the state ensures a legitimate government. In Political Philosophy, ...view middle of the document...
All this is done in the name of power, control, and wealth. This is the underlying problem in the world today, where the minorities are sabotaged and subverted to keep them from coming into their own and having a voice of their own. Those who want to bring about a strong sense of justice and fairness in the system have a very hard and rigorous battle to fight. The main concern and issue in the world today is the inequality of opportunities and liberties, lack of fairness and justice, which we some of the main reasons for a corrupt and regressive society. And although I am somewhat pessimistic about human beings and their innate tendency to being wrongdoers, there are certain values which, if they adopt, they can better themselves and their environment, values such as, Equality, Freedom and Justice.
My political ideology is extremely liberal and I believe that social and economic equality for all, whether they come from wealth or poverty, whether they are black or white, gay or straight, man or a woman, is what should take precedence over everything in the state. Discrimination of any kind, whether it is racial or sex-based, is the root cause of all the unrest and injustices in a society. For example, depriving a select group of individuals their right to marry who they want or telling women whether or not they can or cannot have an abortion is the type of mindset that holds us back from progressing as a society and keeps us from ensuring
equal benefits for all. That is exactly where problems arise, which then lead to more severe consequences for the state. Earlier as I had mentioned, that I believe that “man is marked by the original sin and has fallen from grace”, it is very accurate because man tends to forget that he is in fact himself a creation, not a creator. Thus man, very conveniently becomes accustomed to this strange sense of superiority and wants to rule over others, who are just the same as him, all in the name of power and control.
Three core values that every living individual or a state should possess are equality, justice and freedom. These three qualities are paramount in ensuring peace and prosperity on an individual level as well as ensuring the same for the state too. Equality in an idyllic state would present each person with the equal opportunities and rights to secure a life of sheer contentment, which in return would keep them from ever doubting the sincerity of the state towards its people. This is important because inequality causes unrest and brings about interminable turmoil which can eventually lead to a collapse of a regime or a state. If every human being is given equal opportunities then the outcome after those opportunities were presented, whether it was success of failure, fully rests upon the individual’s shoulders. In case of failure, the government or any other individual would not be held accountable.
Freedom is another core value that should be given...