Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Political Issues

ISBN-10: 0078050324

ISBN-13: 9780078050329

Edition: 18th 2013

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Description: Taking Sidesvolumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed withLearning Outcomes,anIssue Summary,anIntroduction,and anExploring the Issuesection featuringCritical Thinking and Reflection, Is There Common Ground?,andAdditional Resources.Taking Sidesreaders also offer aTopic Guideand an annotated listing ofInternet Referencesfor further consideration of the issues. An online Instructor’s Resource Guide with testing material is available for each volume.Using Taking Sides in the Classroomis also an excellent instructor resource. Visit www.mhhe.com/takingsides for more details.

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List price: $52.00
Edition: 18th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 2/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Preface
Correlation Guide
Topic Guide
Introduction
Democracy and the American Political Process
Should Americans Believe in a Unique American "Mission"?
YES: Wilfred M. McClay, from "The Founding of Nations," First Things (March 2006)
NO: Howard Zinn, from "The Power and the Glory: Myths of American Exceptionalism," Boston Review (Summer 2005)
Does the Tea Party Represent a Revival of America's Revolutionary Ideals?
YES: Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe, from Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins, 2010)
NO: Jill Lepore, from The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History (Princeton University Press, 2010)
Is Bigger Government Better Government?
YES: Jeff Madrick, from The Case for Big Government (Princeton University Press, 2008)
NO: Jim DeMint, from Saving Freedom (Fidelis, 2009)
Should America Adopt Public Financing of Political Campaigns?
YES: Mark Green, from "Change, for Good," Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy (HarperCollins, 2002)
NO: John Samples, from "Taxpayer Financing of Campaigns," in John Samples, ed., Welfare for Politicians? Taxpayer Financing of Campaigns (Cato Institute, 2005)
The Institutions of Government
Does the President Have Unilateral War Powers?
YES: John C. Yoo, from Memorandum Opinion for the Deputy Counsel to the President (September 25, 2001)
NO: Michael Cairo, from "The 'Imperial Presidency' Triumphant," in Christopher S. Kelley, ed., Executing the Constitution (SUNY, 2006)
Should the Courts Seek the "Original Meaning" of the Constitution?
YES: Antonin Scalia, from "Constitutional Interpretation," Remarks at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (March 14, 2005)
NO: Stephen Breyer, from Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution (Knopf/Vintage, 2005)
Is Congress a Dysfunctional Institution?
YES: Ezra Klein, from "What Happens When Congress Fails to Do Its Job," Newsweek (March 27, 2010)
NO: Lee H. Hamilton, from "Public Criticisms of Congress," How Congress Works (Indiana University Press, 2004)
May Congress Require People to Buy Health Insurance?
YES: George Caram Steeh, from "Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion," Thomas More Law Center v. Obama (October 7, 2010)
NO: Henry Hudson, from "Memorandum Opinion," Virginia v. Sebelius (December 13, 2010)
Should the President Be Allowed "Executive Privilege"?
YES: Mark J. Rozell, from "Pro," in Richard J. Ellis and Michael Nelson, eds., Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive (CQ Press, 2006)
NO: David Gray Adler, from "Con," in Richard J. Ellis and Michael Nelson, eds., Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive (CQ Press, 2006)
Social Change and Public Policy
Does Affirmative Action Advance Racial Equality?
YES: Glenn C. Loury, from The Anatomy of Racial Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2002)
NO: Walter E. Williams, from "Affirmative Action Can't Be Mended," in David Boaz, ed., Toward Liberty: The Idea That Is Changing the World (Cato Institute, 2002)
Should Abortion Be Restricted?
YES: Robert P. George, from "God's Reasons," The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion, and Morality in Crisis (ISI Books, 2001)
NO: Mary Gordon, from "A Moral Choice," The Atlantic Monthly (March 1990)
Is the Welfare State Obsolete?
YES: Yuval Levin, from "Beyond the Welfare State," National Affairs (Spring 2011)
NO: Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater, and Timothy Smeeding, from Wealth & Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader? (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Are Americans Overtaxed?
YES: Curtis S. Dubay, from "Seven Myths About Taxing the Rich," Backgrounder, The American Heritage Foundation (August 3, 2009)
NO: Steve Brouwer, "If We Decided to Tax the Rich," from Sharing the Pie: A Citizen's Guide to Wealth and Power (Holt Paperbacks, 1998)
Is America Becoming More Unequal?
YES: Robert Greenstein, from Testimony before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Committee on Education and Labor (July 31, 2008)
NO: Christopher C. DeMuth, from "The New Wealth of Nation Commentary (October 1997)
Should Same-Sex Marriage Be a Constitution. Right?
YES: Theodore B. Olson, from "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage: Why Same-Sex Marriage Is an American Value/' The Daily Beast (January 8, 2010)
NO: Sam Shulman, from "Gay Marriage-and Marriage," Commentary (November 2003)
Should There Be a "Wall of Separation" Betwec Church and State?
YES: John Paul Stevens, from Dissenting Opinion in Van Orden v. Perry, 545 U.S. 677 (June 27, 2005)
NO: Antonin Scalia, from Dissenting Opinion in McCreary County, et ah, v. American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, et al., 545 U.S. 844 (June 27, 2005)
Do Corporations Have the Same Free Speech Rights as Persons?
YES: Anthony Kennedy, from Opinion of the Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
NO: John Paul Stevens, from Dissenting Opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
Should "Recreational" Drugs Be Legalized?
YES: Bryan Stevenson, from "Drug Policy, Criminal Justice, and Mass Imprisonment," paper presented to the Global Commission on Drug Policies January 2011)
NO: Theodore Dalrymple, from "Don't Legalize Drugs," City Journal (Spring 1997)
America and the World
Is Indefinite Detention of Suspected Terrorists Justified?
YES: Jack Goldsmith, from "Long-Term Terrorist Detention and a U.S. National Security Court," Legislating the War on Terror: An Agenda for Reform (Brookings Institution Press, 2009)
NO: Sarah H. Cleveland, from "The Legal, Moral and National Security Consequences of 'Prolonged Detention'," Subcommittee on the Constitution of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (June 9, 2009)
Do We Need to Curb Global Warming?
YES: Gregg Easterbrook, from "Case Closed: The Debate About Global Warming Is Over," Issues in Governance Studies (June 2006)
NO: Larry Bell, from Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax (Greenleaf Book Group, 2011)
Is Warrantless Wiretapping Ever Justified to Protect National Security?
YES: Andrew C. McCarthy, from "How to 'Connect the Dots'," National Review (January 30, 2006)
NO: Al Gore, from "Restoring the Rule of Law," from a Speech Presented to The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and The Liberty Coalition (January 15, 2006).
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