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TheGreatest Threat to the US

TheUnited States of America position herself as a global superpower, aposition admired by several other competing nations and that hascreated more threats to the nation than expected. Among the threatsthat the United States have had to deal with, homeland securityremains the greatest.

Today,the United States has identified one major opponent of its progresswith relation to the homeland. The Russia. Russia has been identifiedas a threat to the homeland security due to its large nuclear weaponbase. The Moscow-based country has in many events threaten the UnitedStates of America and its key allies in the greater Europe withNuclear attacks. Heritage Foundation reports that, although Russianis likely to avoid a confrontation with the US, it is capable ofexploring other unconventional means to make good its threat (Choi).

TheUnited States today thrives in a pool of Islamic terror attacks.Several Islamic related terror attacks (some associated with AlQaeda) have placed the concern for security for American citizens alevel higher than a century ago. Several Islamic groups consisting ofIslamic States of Iraq and Syria, Al Qaeda, and homegrown identifiedIslamic terrorists have been classified as some of the major groupsthat threaten homeland security in the World’s Superpower.

Chinais also designated as another key opponent to the US growth. Her(China ) nuclear base is slightly higher than that of North Korea, afact that makes the country a concern to the US homeland securitythan North Korea. Technology is fast growing in China, advancing itsthreat to not only the US but also the European nations. China’sthreat to Europe is compounded by the existence of terrorism groupswith origin in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the greater Asian region(Chirleşan).

Workscited

Chirleşan,Georgeta. &quotEuropean Security And The Terrorist Threat:Evolutions And Current Ways Of Managing It&quot. Internationalconference knowledge-based organization21.1 (2015): n. pag. Web.

Choi,David. &quotThe Largest Threats Facing The US Across The World&quot.BusinessInsider.N.p., 2017. Web. 21 Mar. 2017.

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Natural Philosophy and Sophistry

Natural philosophy is a discipline concerned with logical reasoningin human life in an attempt to understand the reality and givejustification to fundamental questions about human nature, humanknowledge, life, and morality. Sophistry is the desire foracquisition of knowledge about nature, and after the acquisition, onedoes transfer that knowledge to others through teaching. This paperfocuses on discussion about the similarities and differences ofNature philosophy and Sophistry.

Similarities between Nature Philosophy and Sophistry

Philosophy and Sophism are schools of thought that emphasize onacquisition of wisdom by human beings. Sophism is acquired throughteaching while philosophy is acquired from an individual’sdesire to grow his or her knowledge.

In pursuit of establishing the relationships in existence betweennature and human life, the two schools of thought do itsystematically and in relation to adherence to set norms in thesociety. Answers to natural laws are provided and ideologies coinedas a way of improving human life and the ability to critically thinkand create logic answers.

Nature philosophy and sophism focus on desire to acquire knowledgethrough logic. They are both persuasive disciplines in society thataims at establishing clear moral guidelines with relation to naturalreality (Karni 73).

Differences between Nature Philosophy and Sophistry

Nature philosophy is strictly a societal promotion of desire toacquire wisdom independently, logically and from reasoning about theuniverse and natural forces. However, sophism school of thoughtdictates that knowledge and the ability to reason logically andchallenge the nature be a natural possession which is not owned bymany in the society.

According to nature philosophy, wisdom is neither here or there andto possess it, one has to strive for it. The desire to strive forknowledge and critical analysis of nature, forms the basis upon whichnature philosophy is highly regarded even in the modern society.Sophism as a school of thought, perceives wisdom as a completeproduct that is available to all members of the society with nodiscrimination. Sophism also, advocates for pay to transfer wisdomfrom those who have to those who lack (Smith).

In its endeavor to creating a harmonious society, nature philosophyhas a distinctive manner in which knowledge should be pursued. Whatis beautiful and what is godly should be the basis upon which wisdomis acquired by the members of the society. However, sophism advocatesfor worldly success where each should pay, gain knowledge and usethis knowledge to persuade and even rule others is the society.According to Smith, sophism school of thought has shaped the worldtoday in the business sector where consultants advertise theirservices in a bid to create a pool of knowledge to business entitiesto become more profitable.

Nature school of thought transcends in full recognition of power ofspeech and adopting genuine rational perception to questions andchallenges brought by nature. This includes the ability to criticallyunderstand the nature and create answers based on logical reasoningwhile sophism is more money-oriented and rational thinking issometimes abandoned to achieve the academic goal rather thanestablishment of long-lasting wisdom to scholars.

Works Cited

Karni, Edi. &quotStates of Nature and The Nature Of States&quot.Economics And Philosophy, vol 33, no. 01, 2016, pp. 73-90.Cambridge University Press (CUP),doi:10.1017/s0266267116000109.

Smith, Justin E. H. Nature, Human Nature, And Human Difference.1st ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. Print.

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Changes in Immigration in the United States

Immigration history in the United States can is defined as theprocess by which people migrated into the American soil from otherparts of the continent and permanently settle in the United States,in different times and different regions of the federation.

The 19th century witnessed the highest number of immigration in theAmerican history where immigrants from different parts of the globesuch as Europe and Asia flocked the country and settled mostly in theurban centers and others in the agriculturally productive areas.

Human mobility was made easier at this time due to the marinetechnology that facilitated the development of steam-powered shipswith large capacity and which could ferry more people across theoceans. Availability of means of transport and the industrialrevolution in America which led to the establishment of industriessuch steel and textile industries encouraged the mass migration ofpeople into America.

The end of European civil wars in the middle of the 19th centuryfreed young men who wanted to join the new economic order wherepeople could earn a living by working in the industries. This changein the economic life in Europe coupled with the high demand for laborin United States industries combined with high unemployment rates inEurope triggered the great influx of people from across Europe intothe United States.

The discovery of minerals and the mining activities in the Americansoil attracted Asians and especially the Chinese who came to providecheap labor in the mining sector. As the mining subsidized, theChinese were absorbed into the industry workforce. The Chinese peoplewere joined by African slaves who were imported by wealthy merchantsand traded in public auctions to plantation owners to provide laborin exchange for the freedom to live in the United States. Thiscategory of the population was purely slaves and was considered theproperty of the buyers.

Response to Changes in the Immigration

The influx of foreigners into the United States triggered a series ofreaction from different quarters. At first, there was increasedxenophobia by the Native Americans who felt the new immigrants wouldcompromise their culture and values. They felt the newly settledpeople would compromise the Nation’s health and security and thisled to the creation of a movement by America elites to force thefederal government to create laws on the immigration (Cohn 190-222).

The federal government in response to the xenophobia and pressurefrom citizens established laws on immigration. These laws created thegroup of people allowed into the country and also the creation ofquotas where these people would settle. Chinese and other Asians wereno longer allowed into America, and even the government deportedChinese people back home. The laws also restricted the influx ofpopulations from the Eastern and Southern Europe but however allowedwestern and northern Europeans to migrate into the country.

Native Americans were against the Irish immigrants who were Catholicsand formed a moved “know nothing’ to oppose these new people thatthey feared would compromise the American culture by introducingtheir religion into America.

The regulations by the federal government led to the creation ofquotas. New immigrants into the United States were from Northern andWestern Europe. On arrival into the country immigrants settled inclusters in urban areas and provided cheap labor for the industries.

Works Cited

Cohn, Raymond L. &quotThe Effects of Immigration on The UnitedStates&quot. Mass Migration under Sail 190-222.