MN4227 Reflective Essay
Much of this course has spent time dealing with what various factions think the terms social responsibility, accountability, a corporation and the economy mean and the ways in which they are applied to one another. This essay topic now asks us to sum up and critically evaluate that discourse. There is something about these concepts which deeply bothers me – I have the intuitive feeling that there is something wrong with the assumptions which underpin the implied meanings which underwrite these terms. Taking into account the essay guidelines about deep & advanced learning, I propose that the question itself, in its current form, is in my opinion inadvisable because the way in which the question is asked already imposes boundaries on the possible answers. It therefore seems to me that a semiological analysis is required (Jackson & Carter, 2006) in order to fully unpick the question, and then maybe propose an improved form which I shall leave unanswered.
The Semiotics of the modern ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ 1 In my opinion, the modern left thinks legal regulation is required to stop one group of people mistreating another group or the environment which implies: 1. That most people cannot be trusted to behave well without intervention 2 i.e.; that they cannot regulate themselves (e.g.; market failures, “rule of law”). 2. That different groups of people all watching one another regulates misbehaviour 3 (e.g.; oversight committees, Bentham’s Panopticon). 3. That government, as the representative of the people and the sole legitimate employer of violence, is uniquely empowered to enforce good behaviour for the benefit of all. In my opinion, the modern right thinks that regulation impedes natural forces teaching people to not mistreat one another in the first place which implies: 1....
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