Summer Blog # 1

Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 6/18/2019

Welcome to the AP Government Blog!  The goal of my blog is to help my students develop a deeper understanding of the topics we will explore this year and to help you take that understanding to make real world connections.  The first topic we will explore in August is power.  All year we will explore the essential questions of Who governs? and To what ends?  We will also explore the ideas of authority and legitimacy in obtaining power.  So, how does one gain power over people?  What or who gives them that power?  How does that person get others to follow?  When atrocities occur, when should the US and other countries intervene? If we do get involved to what extent and what costs? If we don't get involved, do we let other destructive regimes call the shots?
 
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Here is what I would like you to do in this post:
  1. Click on the following link to read the article.  Read the entire article. Atriocities Under kim Jong-un
  2. Analyze the article using the questions below so that I can tell you have read the article and have a thorough understanding of its content.  How do you think someone like Kim Jong-un maintains power? Should the US be alarmed at the persistence of the Kim dynasty? What should our response to this regime be? Should the US do more to end the regime or mind our own business?  Explain your opinion!
  3. In your post, please relate the topic to the article's content. You may also respond to postings by fellow students.  Please use proper rules of grammar, spelling and language.  This blog is not a place to text message!  
  4. Some of you may have strong feelings concerning this article's topic...Please keep all responses appropriate!  If you feel the need to attack, attack the position--NOT THE PERSON.  
 
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