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Conflict Theory: Relevance today

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Conflict theory suggests that the rich (powerful) make the rules and enforce them against the poor (powerless). Does this theoretical perspective seem relevant today? Please cite a recent incident (political or otherwise) that would support your argument.

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Conflict theory suggests that the rich (powerful) make the rules and enforce them against the poor (powerless). Does this theoretical perspective seem relevant today? Please cite a recent incident (political or otherwise) that would support your argument.

Few would deny that money is power. It is impossible to deny that the concentration of wealth in the top 2% of the population is far worse than it was 30 years ago. The only point of contention is whether or not such a state of affairs is inevitable. Pareto's 80-20 principle seems to work here, where 20% of any population creates 80% of the goods relative to that population. Even if this were the ...

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This solution provides a discussion as to the relevance, today, of conflict theory. It focuses, particularly, on the existence of oligarchy in the United States. The solution provides ample examples to support the expert's perspective on the subject. Additionally, it includes two reference sources for further research of the topic.

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