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Political Culture Government Project - Any Kind Souls Out There?

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  1. Brawny

    Brawny Anglophobiphile

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    Hmmmm last day of break, I should probably start this today...

    I envision a simple little interview setup. A few representatives of other countries would be greatly appreciated to cover such topics as "overall tolerance, role in society, belief in freedom" etc.

    I really need some intelligent Brits XD... You guys ARE our closest ally and all that.
     
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    261311 The Man on Ice

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    Well, I'm Canadian- so I guess I can't help.
     
  3. Brawny

    Brawny Anglophobiphile

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    Nahhh, I need someone from everywhere.

    I would use another Canadian. And Aussies, Kiwis ETC.
     
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    I might be able to help (I am an intelligent Brit, after all :D). How exactly does this work?
     
  5. Brawny

    Brawny Anglophobiphile

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    Got any IM thing?

    It's a group project, and my other group members have all the questions. Nothing really deep as I have no idea what this is about.
     
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    I already told you I'd help you, bb.
     
  7. Brawny

    Brawny Anglophobiphile

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    I need more than one person >_<

    And get online then ^_^
     
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    Soon...I had that appointment today and now I feel the need to go to a buffet -_-
     
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    Brawny Anglophobiphile

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    Ah yes...
     
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    Sorry about that :wink:

    Brawny, I'll go on later today and help you out..gotta watch my sister :lol:
     
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    ...The UK is gonna suck at this.
     
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    261311 The Man on Ice

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    If you still need me I'm almost always online (Except for Thur, Fri and Sat as I'm going to friends' houses).
     
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    DRMARIO Controversial.

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    I'm not quite sure what you're asking..Hahah, that's not too good if I'm about to tell you I'm intelligent is it?XD

    PM me if you think you might need me..I'm not stupid..And i'm really rather opinionated XD
     
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    Yeah, a local "control sub-culture" would be great. Sorry, this thread kinda got lost in my CP.

    I didn't write these, another group member did, sorry for asking the same question and the wording. It was aimed at foreign exchanged students. Substituting "the general idea of your country" would be helpful.

    If you wouldn't mind answering any of these, I'd freaking love you...yeah.

    1. On average how involved/interested are people in your country in/about the political happenings in your country?

    2. On average how involved/interested are you in/about the political happenings in your country?

    3. How many major political parties are there in your country?

    4. What is the relationship between religion and government in your country?

    5. In your opinion do the general morals of your country differ from those of America? If so, to what extent?

    6. Does the average person in your country have a lot of say in the political happenings of the government? Is this more or less than that of Americans?

    7. Are you afraid of your government? Are you afraid the American government?

    8. Are you satisfied with performance of your government? What do you think needs to be changed? Do you think that it is doing better or worse than that of the American government?

    9. Do you feel that each person has a responsibility to participate in the political process?
     
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    AndThen? pull the trigger.

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    I'll give it a go.

     
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    1. On average how involved/interested are people in your country in/about the political happenings in your country?
    Not enough, especially in Toronto. People here are ridiculous. There isn't a single conservative representative elected, which SCREAMS that EVERYONE is collectively left-wing as can be, but people chose to vote for the corrupt Liberal party over the New Democratic Party. The NDP MIRRORS THE IDEALS of the city more than the Liberals ever have, and people would know that if they bothered to read their platform or listen to Jack Layton when he speaks...They only pay attention to the two main parties and chose the lesser of two evils. Torontonians are pretty much socialists. NDP = the only party that should matter.

    EDIT: Wow, I didn't mean to make that response so...municipal. Oh well, my answer is still "not enough" xD.

    2. On average how involved/interested are you in/about the political happenings in your country?
    I'm a Political Science major. I think that clearly illustrates it for you.

    3. How many major political parties are there in your country?
    Four; The Liberal party, the Progressive Conservative party, the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois.


    4. What is the relationship between religion and government in your country?
    Canada actually practices bright idea of seperating church and state. With ethnic distribution of the population, it couldn't be any other way.

    5. In your opinion do the general morals of your country differ from those of America? If so, to what extent?
    There are no evangelical conservatives influencing government policy with their money, for one...I could write an essay for this question but I'll refrain.


    6. Does the average person in your country have a lot of say in the political happenings of the government? Is this more or less than that of Americans?
    I think the average person here has less to get passionate and fired up about than Americans do, so it'd be less.

    7. Are you afraid of your government? Are you afraid the American government?
    I'm not afraid of the Canadian government, I don't have a reason to be.
    I don't fear the American government either, moreso the people who elected to give the current administration a second term in 2004. How's that turning out for you?...

    8. Are you satisfied with performance of your government? What do you think needs to be changed? Do you think that it is doing better or worse than that of the American government?
    Uhh, the government of EVERY WESTERN COUNTRY is performing better than the American government. I respect the fiscal conservatism of our PC Prime Minister. He has made actual changes for the better, lowering the GST by 2 percentage points for one. The healthcare system is ****ED, and NO, it's NOT because it's ~*socialized medicine*~. It's just ****ed, for lack of a more articulate term. He needs to check up on that, but I know if he had his conservative heart's desire, it'd all be privatised. Canada wouldn't stand for it though.

    9. Do you feel that each person has a responsibility to participate in the political process?
    In Canada? Yes. In America? No.

    ...Right, now back to my Iowa Caucus CNN coverage viewing party of one.
     
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  18. Squall7

    Squall7 A li'l bit different

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    No probs. I'll give it my best shot.

    That won't be neccessary. Lol.

    We seem to have quite a diverse amount of people in this country that is interested in politics to some degree. Some only delve as much as a newspaper into what's going on, usually not a very good one either. Some people don't fully understand everything that goes on, and there's plenty of awareness about issues both around the world and at home.

    In essence, I think most people are interested in politics in this country, it's just a case of how much. And involved - There's Shelterbox (which is down the road in Helston, Cornwall) which has consitantly sent aid of all kinds to people in need all over the world. Sorry for the "round about answer"

    I'm very interested in politics, both locally, nationally and internationally. Not that I want to be a politician, I just feel that it's important to know about the world if you're going to be a filmmaker recreating it.

    3 main ones: Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats (although some may argue that Lib Dems don't count, but I believe the opinions are rising enough to consider it a potential leading party). Thankfully, at the current moment in time, I don't think ones like the BNP are capable of getting in to power. Although, that does seem to be changing slowly.

    There is no direct one per se. Obviously, laws stem from a sense of morality, which was in sync with the church at one time, but there is little to no religious cause to any politics in the UK (I do believe that some Labour MP's are even from a range of other religions). There again, there doesn't seem to be as much of a Christian following (as far as I can tell) as even America, so that might influence it).

    I feel that my country's morality differs from America's only slightly. With the current climate of "Americanization", both culture and therefore morality is beginning to align itself with the dominant power. However, I do feel that general attitudes are different, even if morality itself isn't neccessarily.

    Although one example of difference does come to mind, the death sentence. The UK got rid of the death sentence in the mid/late 90's (If I recall correctly). As far as I'm aware, the death sentence hasn't been abolished in the US (although, obviously, it's seldom used).

    I do feel there is a lack of sensationalisation of morality in the UK (instead we see to have adopted sensationalisation of other things, such as national identities, celebrity culture, politics etc...), basing things not on what should not have been done, but rather on the focus on the individual. Take for example, the Madaline fiasco. Sure, it was a terrible case of kidnapping, but instead of wagging the finger, there was a slew of accussations and detailing of new leads and such. It was more like a soap opera, rather than a tale of morality.

    I think the average person does have quit a bit to say. Whether many would agree with it, however, is debatable. Take for example, the long running "Have I Got News For You", "Mock The Week" etc... Both of these comedies rely on a group of people actually knowing the news completely, especially for their material. Then there's other things like "Bremner, Bird and Fortune", which seek out to actually make a fool of politicians and their policies themselves.

    This is different to American shows of the same political agenda. Take for example, "The Daily Show". On this show, it's an aggressive style of imitation-format mockery (not that it isn't valid of course) in which, generally, the show hosts take on a role of imitating either a particular person or reporter with a cartoon-like personality. It goes to show how silly things are by deliberately OTT parodying them.

    Overall, for the people themselves, politics in one form or another (since politics is everywhere) is usually discussed. I'm not sure about whether it's more than in America, but I do feel that there's a lot of discussion which is political in nature, that people don't even realise.

    Yes, to both counts. The fear is mostly over control. I do not feel that either government has the people's considerations at heart, when they make decisions. Take for example, the amount of unpopular moves made in the past 5 years (this one especially applies to the UK). For a start, we now have a Prime Minister that nobody in the general public voted in. Then there was the issue of the promised referedum to the EU (which would have been rubbish anyway, since newspapers have an axe to grind, and don't mind reporting hearsay and rumour as fact). Then there's the rise in taxes, top-up fees and most recently, things like the plan to stop NHS care for people they deem as "unworthy" because they smoke or drink to excess.

    Personally, it feels as though each party plans to tinker with a broken system in the hopes of creating more efficiency. Personally, I believe the system of government is ultimately flawed, and should be rebuilt from scratch. I feel that America's Government too is flawed, and suffers from the same sorts of parties trying to "tinker" with the broken system. Both counties need to rethink exactly how their countries, and by extension, other countries work. Should we have nuclear weapons to disuade other countries' from attacking, and not expect other countries' to try and gather a nuclear arsenal? Afterall, a leader should lead by example, should s/he not?

    But back on topic, both countries' attitudes towards the poor, disabled, unemployed etc... should be more sympathetic in general. So, as far as I'm concerned, they both fail as much as each other.

    If this means voting, then no. Unless there's an option to abstain from voting because there are no reasonable candidates, and even then, should a person be punished for not voting? I don't believe so, why should we be forced to choose the lesser of two (or three in UK) evils, when both evils are lying to get votes? And why isn't it the other way around? Shouldn't political parties be creating better policies, more democratic systems and strengthening state institutions rather than punishing or bribing the non-voting populace?

    It's ironic, how terrorists "hate our freedoms", when our Government's responses is to take away our freedom to abstain. One has to question, who hates our "freedoms" more, terrorists from another culture, or the Governments of two members of the G8, that won't even go about writing off African debt, dispite the wishes of people all around the world.

    Sorry if it's confusing, It's quite late here in the UK atm. Hope it helps (and most importantly, I hope it doesn't stray so much that you cannot use it).
     
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    1. On average how involved/interested are people in your country in/about the political happenings in your country?
    Voting turnouts in Canada are between 50-65% where I live (Ontario) in both Provincial and Federal elections (we have an awesome mayor so no one dares run for municipal).
    2. On average how involved/interested are you in/about the political happenings in your country?
    I'm very interested, can't be involved as I'm only 17 and the required age for voting is 18. I could volunteer but I think politicians make enough to pay me.
    3. How many major political parties are there in your country?
    3, NDP, Liberal, Conservative.
    4. What is the relationship between religion and government in your country?
    It was a key issue in the Ontario provincial election as it caused Conservative John Tory to lose the election (everyone hated the current Premier who has won again) due to faith-based school funding issues, outside of the rare occasion government tries to remain neutral.
    5. In your opinion do the general morals of your country differ from those of America? If so, to what extent?
    Yes, I think Jean Chretién revolutionized our government (served from 1993-2003) in sticking it to the Americans and their system of "Democracy"
    6. Does the average person in your country have a lot of say in the political happenings of the government? Is this more or less than that of Americans?
    Yes, they're always complaining and yet never vote or care to reform what they're complaining about. I think US politics lately has become a lot more active due to the up-coming elections and current war on terror.
    7. Are you afraid of your government? Are you afraid the American government?
    I laugh at my government, Harper and the rest of the Conservatives are pathetic (I swear, I'm not a Liberal! :lol:) I am afraid of the American government because of it's power and enemies worldwide.
    8. Are you satisfied with performance of your government? What do you think needs to be changed? Do you think that it is doing better or worse than that of the American government?
    Lately, it hasn't done too bad, hats off to Harper for not selling Canada's soul. Yet. We're also doing much better than the US government, we clean up their war-messes with aid relief, a stable economy and we make friends while doing it.
    9. Do you feel that each person has a responsibility to participate in the political process?
    Yes, it's everyones civic duty in my humble opinion.

    Hope that helps you out dude.
     
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    Is your "awesome mayor" by any chance...Hazel McCallion?
    Just a stab in the dark.
     

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