The World According To Sofie W.

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What makes a good citizen? All US citizens have many rights and responsibilities that they must take into account. First of all, there are rights. freedom of speech allows you to say whatever you want. For example, if you disagree with someone's opinion, you'd have the right to say so. The right to vote lets citizens 18 and older decide who their leaders are. You can also vote for what your taxes are used for. Paying taxes and obeying laws are both responsibilities. Taxes are things people have to pay to support their town and schools. If nobody obeyed the law, the world would be complete chaos, that is why it is so important. Finally, all good citizens do all of their responsibilities and exercises their rights, unless it interferes with someone else's rights or your own responsibilities. If someone shouted “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater, they would be exercising their right to freedom of speech, but it would interfere with their responsibility of public safety. In conclusion, a good citizen performs all of their responsibilities and exercises their rights appropriately.

What is the difference between limited and unlimited forms of government?

With unlimited government, leaders have total control over citizens, whereas with limited government, there are limits to make sure the government doesn't have too much power. An example of an unlimited government is a dictatorship. The dictator has complete and total control over citizens with no limits. North Korea is a country with a dictatorship. There is one leader enforcing the laws that he can change or make anytime he wants. The citizens can't do anything to stop him. There are five limits of government. A democracy is a form of government that uses all five.The U.S. is an example of a democracy. There are three branches of government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. The Executive branch is the president which is elected every four years. There is also a constitution. While unlimited government has its benefits, limited government is definitely preferable. There is more freedom for the citizens and less power for the government.

What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations?

While forces like the trade bloc and European citizenship work for supranational cooperation, diversity and different languages work against it.The trade bloc allows EU countries have more economic power than they would as individual countries. Smaller countries are able to feel like they're part of a bigger nation. Having 20 different languages spoken in the EU makes it difficult for members to communicate. Although citizens can travel freely to other EU countries, it isn't much use if they can't speak with each other. The EU wants every citizen to speak at least two languages in addition to their native language. A supranational organization as large as the EU has many centripetal and centrifugal forces at work.

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