The first of the three papers required in this course is due on Wednesday, October 20. Your
TA will give you details about handing it in.
The Essay Topic:
Our course readings from 9/27 to 10/13 come from writers of the center-left and left.
How compelling do you find these writers’ arguments concerning freedom and equality?
Please write a thesis driven essay on this topic of about 1600 to 2100 words. You should
support your thesis with evidence and reasoning, and you should also show an awareness of
class sessions, discussion sections, and the full range of readings assigned from 9/27 to 10/13.
A Background Note:
The themes of freedom (or liberty) and equality have long been prominent in politics. One
or both of these themes can be found in all the writings we’ve considered on “The Center-Left
and Left.” Yet the themes are tricky. America has solid traditions of support for freedom and
equality—but also traditions of resistance to them or the circumvention of them.
Our readings from 9/27 to 10/13 encompass ideologies of classical political liberalism
(Paine, Locke, etc.), social democracy, socialism, and identity politics (Black politics, feminism).
They make different sorts of assertions about freedom and equality and about how they can be
maximized in a political community.
Some Questions You Might—But Won’t Necessarily—Find Useful as You Develop Evidence:
• Did T. H. Green make useful arguments about different kinds of freedom?
• Can the Nordic democracies be considered examples of freedom and equality?
• Socialists of all kinds hate capitalism—but why do they do so?
• How do the writings on identity politics relate to the writings on social democracy?
A Note on Required Writing Workshops for POSC 5W:
Please don’t forget that you need to register for English 007-004. You should register for a
workshop session related to this essay via the English 7 iLearn page; workshops are led by Dylan
Rohr. (You can find the course by searching for English 7–Section 4, by searching for course
number 23751, or by searching for the instructor’s name, Ray Papica.)
For those unsure about how to sign up for the workshops, there’s a tab entitled “Workshop
1 Sign-Ups” in your ENGL 7 eLearn (Canvas) site. This site has the title “WRKSHP: WRITING ACRSS
CURRICULUM 007 (004) (Fall 2021).”
Also note that there’s an ENGL 7 syllabus posted under the tab “Writing Workshop Syllabus
and Attendance Protocols.” Please review the requirements for this course’s mandatory
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