Q & A
What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations?
In a supranational cooperation like the EU there are forces that work for you and work against you. One example of a centripetal force is borders, because when you travel to many countries in the EU you don't need to use a passport. When you don't need a passport to travel to other countries in the EU you will feel more welcome to go to that place. You might also feel like you belong there and you are not separate countries. An example of a centrifugal force could be language. The EU has over 20 different languages spoken. It could be a problem, because when you travel to another country within the EU you won't be able to understand anything or anyone. Also you won't be able to communicate with anyone from there unless you have a translator or they can speak the same language as you. If they don't speak the same language as you, and you are trying to get somewhere it will be very hard to communicate. All the countries in the EU have to work together and communicate in order to be a successful Union.
What is government and why is it necessary? Government is important because it makes leaders responsible for following the laws. In addition, government is a system that keeps laws intact. If we didn't have government it would be anarchy and it would be very crazy. The government has to protect the citizen’s rights. They will make laws so people stay safe. Specifically in the US our government is very important and a lot of the government is run by the people, that's called direct democracy. Also government is important because some forms will use separation of power so not just one person or leader will have all the power. This is important because the one leader could abuse their power. A government with a dictator makes all the rules and can take advantage of the citizens. For example a few countries that have dictatorships include North Korea and Cuba. These types of countries limit the citizens rights. In conclusion, government is very important for a country to run. Without a form of government, a country cannot be run effectively. There are many types of governments and each has their strengths and weaknesses.
What makes a good citizen?
In order to be a good citizen you have many rights and responsibilities that you have to respect. A right is freedom that is protected. A few rights would be, freedom of speech, and voting. A responsibility is what is expected of you. Some examples of responsibilities are, stay informed, and get an education. Rights and responsibilities can connect. For example, you have the right to vote so you should stay informed to pick the best person. A good citizen is a person who stays aware of their rights and responsibilities. They also obey the law.