Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by Natalie

I agree with others in the way that I think the only way you can benefit through oppression without feeling guilty about it is if you don’t realize it’s going on. Using the example of a smart phone, there are probably a lot of people who own phones that don’t realize what went on to make their phone. If you don’t know it’s going on, you can’t feel guilty about it.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by dante

So is it possible to benefit from oppression even if you didn’t cause it? I think so. Like Fiona said, we use products without thinking where they came from, and these products can often be made using oppression. Another example would be law. There are many disputes about how foreign workers are not paid as much as Canadian citizens. Although the common worker is not responsible for this issue, they still benefit in the form of a larger paycheck.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by dakotafc

Q: Is it possible to benefit from the oppression of others and not be responsible for that oppression? If so, how?

A: It is possible, however unlikely that one can benefit and not be the cause of it. For that to happen it would require a third party to oppress someone. Then if the person that is being oppressed had some conflict with someone else, like if they stole something from them. Then the people they had conflict with would benefit if the third party people gave them whatever they had stolen and stopped them from fighting.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by nicole

Who typically derives economic benefits, access to important resources, control of strategic military territory and other forms of power? In other words, what might we put in the _____ in the above diagram?
This question boggled my mind during class……but after I thought about it, I think that we, ourselves, are our own “empire”. You rule how/what you want to do. You are responsible for your own success and failure. Yes, you, yourself, isn’t exactly an “empire” since it’s not like one person ruling the whole nation, but it still somewhat works because:
We obtain our own economic benefits by being employed. This one is pretty obvious since jobs=money!!! But we are paid by working in jobs and that is how we make money.
We can also gain our own access to important resources. Depending on what the important resources are, we can usually ask/demand for it (ex: by asking a business to supply it), buy it (ex: buying food, clothes, and a house), produce it (ex: farming to produce food), or learn it (ex: education, which is a very important resource).
We can’t exactly control an actual military that fights in war, but we can control other “types” of militaries. Social media based military would be a main one. What I mean by social media based military is, well, virtual arguments that start from social media. We can all control what happens on social media because it is so easy to just comment on a status or reply to a comment written on YouTube. Yes, we can’t exactly control what the outcome of the argument will be, but that is what happens for all arguments and wars. You just have to keep on fighting/arguing until you win. Another type of military we can control would be a cultural based military, such as religion, language, and arts based. For example, people who believe in religion and people who are atheistic/agnostic always have debates about who’s right. Yes, once again, you can’t control the outcomes, but you can control what you say and which side you are on.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by nicole

Who typically derives economic benefits, access to important resources, control of strategic military territory and other forms of power? In other words, what might we put in the _____ in the above diagram?
This question boggled my mind during class……but after I thought about it, I think that we, ourselves, are our own “empire”. You rule how/what you want to do. You are responsible for your own success and failure. Yes, you, yourself, isn’t exactly an “empire” since it’s not like one person ruling the whole nation, but it still somewhat works because:
We obtain our own economic benefits by being employed. This one is pretty obvious since jobs=money!!! But we are paid by working in jobs and that is how we make money.
We can also gain our own access to important resources. Depending on what the important resources are, we can usually ask/demand for it (ex: by asking a business to supply it), buy it (ex: buying food, clothes, and a house), produce it (ex: farming to produce food), or learn it (ex: education, which is a very important resource).
We can’t exactly control an actual military that fights in war, but we can control other “types” of militaries. Social media based military would be a main one. What I mean by social media based military is, well, virtual arguments that start from social media. We can all control what happens on social media because it is so easy to just comment on a status or reply to a comment written on YouTube. Yes, we can’t exactly control what the outcome of the argument will be, but that is what happens for all arguments and wars. You just have to keep on fighting/arguing until you win. Another type of military we can control would be a cultural based military, such as religion, language, and arts based. For example, people who believe in religion and people who are atheistic/agnostic always have debates about who’s right. Yes, once again, you can’t control the outcomes, but you can control what you say and which side you are on.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by minlyn

Can you benefit from the oppression of others and not be responsible for the oppression?
I think there is too much focus on who to blame and which side is right. People generally just go with the flow, and what’s wrong and right will be decided by historians looking back hundreds of years from now. Groups of people we consider evil (like nazis or terrorists) are mostly people just doing whatever they are ordered. They aren’t stupid or blind, they’re simply being regular human beings and obeying authority. If a third world country that we take advantage of because of cheap labour becomes a global superpower, then North Americans will become the new “evil”. Personally, I don’t feel responsible for slave wage iphone labourers because I hate technology. I guess the answer to the question is no, we can not benefit from the oppression of others and not be responsible. People are aware that we took this land from Aboriginals, but they can bury grudges and blood with the wealth of the land. However, I think the term “responsible” is bad. Regular people regularly make mistakes, so there is no point in trying to accuse someone of their faults.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by minlyn

Can you benefit from the oppression of others and not be responsible for the oppression?
I think there is too much focus on who to blame and which side is right. People generally just go with the flow, and what’s wrong and right will be decided by historians looking back hundreds of years from now. Groups of people we consider evil (like nazis or terrorists) are mostly people just doing whatever they are ordered. They aren’t stupid or blind, they’re simply being regular human beings and obeying authority. If a third world country that we take advantage of because of cheap labour becomes a global superpower, then North Americans will become the new “evil”. Personally, I don’t feel responsible for slave wage iphone labourers because I hate technology. I guess the answer to the question is no, we can not benefit from the oppression of others and not be responsible. People are aware that we took this land from Aboriginals, but they can bury grudges and blood with the wealth of the land. However, I think the term “responsible” is bad. Regular people regularly make mistakes, so there is no point in trying to accuse someone of their faults.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by connorattridge

Q: What is an aspect of the Formal or Informal Empire that interests you? How does it “determine key outcomes in the dominated society”? Why does this attract your attention?

I think the most interesting part of the “informal empires” for me is the aspect of sports “empires” like FIFA and the Olympics. As a huge sports fan I was originally confronted by these issues while watching a John Oliver video about the next FIFA tournament being hosted in Qatar, and the different aspects of corruption with the FIFA organisation. I was also interested in the comment that was discussed in class in terms of the Olympic committee being an empire, with the way that they can change things in the cities where they host their games, similarity to the FIFA organisation.
I have included a link to the John Oliver video and would be interested in reading your opinions.

Comment on Empire Questions for Discussion by connorattridge

Q: What is an aspect of the Formal or Informal Empire that interests you? How does it “determine key outcomes in the dominated society”? Why does this attract your attention?

I think the most interesting part of the “informal empires” for me is the aspect of sports “empires” like FIFA and the Olympics. As a huge sports fan I was originally confronted by these issues while watching a John Oliver video about the next FIFA tournament being hosted in Qatar, and the different aspects of corruption with the FIFA organisation. I was also interested in the comment that was discussed in class in terms of the Olympic committee being an empire, with the way that they can change things in the cities where they host their games, similarity to the FIFA organisation.
I have included a link to the John Oliver video and would be interested in reading your opinions.