Blog Questions for Week 6-Authoritarianism

Please respond to one of the following questions in your blog post for this week (due Thursday, July 11th by 5pm).  Your blog post should be on this page (our class website), and should be at least 250 words long.  Also, you do need to include at least one direct quote from one of the readings for this week (Diamond, Ball section 7, Zoline “Heat Death”).  Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, don’t forget to comment on a classmate’s post from last week or respond to a comment on your post from last week.


1.  In “Mother’s Day,” Mother tries to become the ruler of the world.  As we saw earlier in the semester, the “world” in Futurama has elections to choose its leader.  Why does Mother choose to establish power in the way that she does?  What sort of regime does she establish?  How does she establish support?


2.  What does the Freedom in the World Report for 2013 say about your country?  Has it made you re-think your understanding of your country? (Meaning the country you chose to study this semester)


3.  Compare and contrast two of the excerpts in Ball section 7 (like Gobineau and Rocco)

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