What the Marginalized Teach us About Revolution and Political Culture

The marginalized, a term used to express a small or underwhelming group of people who are considered rather insignificant, are actually something of great importance. As seen in Veracruz, Mexico in the 1920’s, they can make a huge impact on not only their own lives, but the lives of those around them.

Veracruz was important for two main reasons: It showed that the marginalized can cause a revolution, and it showed that the marginalized can change political culture. In this particular case, the marginalized were female prostitutes. They began their protests because of the grossly inflated rent payments they had to pay because of the lack of government enforcement. However, through their determination, they brought their movement to an enormous scale.

What this teaches us, though, is that the marginalized are not insignificant. It shows us that the call for revolution can be heard by the quietest of voices, and that the culture of politics can be changed after enough of these voices are repeated by those with sympathetic hearts and voices of lions. However, through other events in history, we can see that without the support of these louder voices, the marginalized will remain as such.

The main teaching that I took away from this event which I believe others should focus on as well is that for all to succeed, it is necessary to garner the support of others who are considered to be both above and below you.

Thanks for reading!

Stephen Fisenne

The Debate of Birthright Citizenship

Hello!

I was looking at current events in Latin America, and I stumbled across something that was very interesting:

The 14th amendment states that those born in the United States are automatically United States citizens. This, however, is moving to the forefront of issues as Donald Trump stated that he wished to change/remove this amendment. He believes that people are taking advantage of the system by having children, “anchor babies”, in the United States so that they themselves can stay in the United States. Although it is a noble cause to try to get a better life for your family, it is still cheating the system. This, as Trump says, is a major cause of illegal immigration.

For now, support is growing for the reform or removal of the 14th Amendment. However, from what I have seen, attempts to change the constitution are normally unsuccessful. That said, I do not know whether or not this will turn out to be a good decision or a bad decision to change it, and I am unsure whether or not these changes will fix the problems which it is “supposed” to fix. Personally, my suspicions are that it will not fix these problems. Rather, it will inflame the situation and will cause more illegal immigration into the United States.

Hopefully the proponents of this change to the constitution have thought it out completely, and hopefully the positives will REALISTICALLY outweigh the negatives. Anything can look good on paper, it is the actual implementation that matters.

Thanks for reading!

Stephen Fisenne

For more information, check this link CNN Politics.

Introduction

Hello,

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My name is Stephen Fisenne. I am currently a sophomore at Wingate University, studying History as my major. The topics which I am most interested in are those of drug trafficking, causes of violent revolutions, and the relation between those topics and the international community (such as how events were influenced by it). I like to see the broader picture so that I can have a full story of why an event occurred.

So to start, I will give a brief overview of an event which has occurred recently.

In Brazil, there is currently a large outcry for the removal of President Dilma Rousseff. She has supposedly been implicated in a “Car Wash” scandal, a scandal that involved money laundering by upper officials of the government.

People are calling for the removal of the president for her supposed actions, and so far the protests have remained peaceful. People are saying that there could be an imminent threat to democracy here if the course continues. In my mind, if the situation in Brazil does not change soon, it could go from waves of yellow banners in the streets to pools of crimson blood.

Thanks for reading!

Stephen Fisenne

You can find several articles attached here referring to this event:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2015/0817/Brazil-Why-do-Latin-American-protests-so-often-call-for-impeachment

http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazil-carwash-shrugs-off-notoriety-tied-to-petrobras-scandal-1434930402

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Final Project Idea

Hello!

For my final project, I want to focus on Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug lord of Colombia. I want to trace his steps back to his origin, finding the root causes of his actions, and then I will attempt to delve into the actions and crimes that he committed to make his empire rise. Hopefully on this adventure through his notorious life I will learn what caused this region to go into chaos, and hopefully I will be able to share my findings with you.

Thank you,

Stephen Fisenne