In film and in popular culture the constitution is often cited as a basis for fairness and good.
Noam Chomsky, important intellectual and critic, has a logt of criticism of the constitution. He cites fs: James Madison, one of the persons who wrote the constitution as saying the following:
Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority [of the poor].
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What does Chomsky say that is most interesting, in your judgement? (What does the expression ”minority of the opulent” mean?).
Choose one of the tasks. In pairs answer either of the questions below:
- What are the Checks and balances? Why do they exist?
- What is the most important thing in Declaration of Independence, according to your own judgement?
- What kind of rights are safeguarded in the amendments to the constituion? Are they listed in order of importance, do you think? Or is something odd with the order? How would you change the amendments? (Focus on the first 10).
Note pronunciation of executive, legislative and judicial.