Dean M12

  1. Why marijuana is illegal. Does Chomsky’s argument about why marijuana is illegal still apply? How might he change his argument now that some states have made it legal?



I really enjoyed the view that Mr. Chomsky holds on marijuana, and I think there are areas of his views that do apply still. This is definitely a market avenue that really potentially has a lot to offer in economic revenue. It’s taxable and states make a considerable amount from its sales once it has been legalized.

Dean M9

As you will learn in your careers, your management style will grow and adapt based on who you are and who you supervise. You will also pick up and learn things (good and bad) from your past or current supervisors. For this week, what, if any, has been your experience with the Hawthorne effect on a job?  Answer this question and then choose one of the following to answer:  1) Describe a supervisor who inspired and motivated you – what were their characteristics or actions that made such a positive impact?  2) Describe a supervisor who was a poor supervisor (un-motivating, indecisive, uncaring, etc.) – what were their characteristics or actions that made you feel that way?



I haven’t had too many jobs yet in my life, but I definitely think I’ve experienced the Hawthorne Effect at the first place I ever worked. The Hawthorne Effect is the experiment that showed that workers under forms of supervision would be influenced by their surroundings in positive ways. I have definitely experienced this in the first job I worked at.

1.) The supervisor I worked with always took personal time to check in with all the individual staff members, and one of the main goals of the workplace was self-improvement on many different levels. It was a workplace for a lot of self-enlightenment to make your life better as a teacher to students. It was a really cool place to work to help you build confidence, and our supervisor would hold weekly staff meetings were staff could approach problems and offer insight. Our supervisor was always honest and ready to talk, which made her really approachable, and easily address problems.

Dean Module 7

Who should pay the cost for protecting the environment? This is a question of social justice. Two popular answers are currently in circulation:

  1. Those responsible for causing the pollution ought to pay.
  2. Those who stand to benefit from protection and restoration should pay.

I think both ends of the spectrum will have to participate if we intend on seeing a beneficial change in environmental protection. The side that causes the pollution needs to focus on efforts to better their environmental impact and those who support the protection and restoration should help support the transition of industries, groups and companies who want to leave a better imprint on society. It’s very easy to see where people view the polluters as those to pay the cost of environmental restoration, kind of the ‘you break it, you buy it’ idea. If you destroy something or pollute something important in the environment or an ecosystem, then it’s your responsibility to fix it. On the other hand, it’s very easy to see the viewpoint from the other side, if the environment is something you want to protect and stand up fir, then you should be the one putting in the time, energy and allocating costs to its survival. At this point I think we’re still at the ‘finger pointing’ stage so to speak and while the automatic group to blame is the ones who pollute and harm the environment, in the end I think it come down to both groups participating equally.

Dean Module 5 Post

Last week, your assignment was to watch “The Corporation.”  Although this film is over 15 years old, it is my hope it pulled at your heart strings and made you question some things about the corporate world.  This week, our Class Discussion centers around the film.  If you need instructions on creating a post, refer to previous modules.

Complete the following: Everyone must answer question #1 below.  Then you choose either A, B or C to answer (not all three). Copy the question (A, B or C) into your post so your classmates know what you are replying to.

  1. For you, what was the most alarming part of this film?
  2. C) One company in the film stated that “falsifying news is not actually against the law.” Describe if you think this is an accurate statement in relation to ethical norms.  Defend your position.

Looking at this ethically, it incredibly disheartening to hear that companies or corporations believe that the falsification of news doesn’t constitute as a crime. I think the majority of people today would disagree with this statement, falsifying anything suggests you lied to cover up a darker truth or don’t care about the well-being of those around or who work for you, any kind of falsification is unethical. More specifically it really comes down to what the company/group/corporation is lying about, the more inappropriate areas being those that regard the well-being and safety of their workers, which would be a large reason for companies to silence news or reports to try and avoid further trouble or gaining a tarnished reputation. I think it would be interesting to do a social experiment and interview random people about how honest they think their local businesses and corporations are in several different categories, I think it would be interesting to also see if smaller local businesses have a better wrap than local larger businesses, and people’s overall perception of them. I would hypothesize that a lot of people don’t think about the unethical/honesty factor.

Dean M4

After reading this article, being able to justify the presence of sweatshops seems almost easy. The biggest part that stood out to me was that sweatshop workers typically make more than the average income in their countries, in some third world countries their annual average income was double the average country income. Sweatshops are also a better alternative compared to other available options, like prostitution. Another big point in the article is that first world countries started out kind of on the same foot, and sweatshop scenarios over time improve working conditions and will continue on to improve health and general safety conditions.

I found an article from the Global Ethics Network, that opposes the use of sweatshops, mainly based on the idea that third world country workers are paid under the minimum wage marker. The article also claims these factories give no support in health and general worker safety, that they only want the company to benefit and don’t support worker well-being, which violates human rights.

 Annabelle Wong. May 1, 2013 Two Faces of Economic Development: The Ethical Controversy Surrounding U.S.-Related Sweatshops in Developing Asian Countries. Carnegie Council. Global Ethics Network.

I think sweatshops should stay in use, as they are a better alternative to a lot of more degrading positions in the third world society that they support. I think that if stronger regulations were put in place and enforced by first world countries, we would be able to see more growth economically and more maturation of developing countries. I think the complete removal of sweatshops would do more harm than problem solving in developing countries, but if we could help implement more benefits for safety and worker well being we would see more positive turn around and country development. The article recognizes human participation as an important implementation to creating and supporting economies and country relations, however changes towards a focus designed for well being is pivotal in creating safety and protecting human rights.

Dean M2

THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT: At some point in your life, I hope you have observed some of these normative theories in action.  Choose a situation from your life and describe how it applies to one of the theories we have studied in Chapter 2 (Kant, Egoism, Utilitarianism, Good Will, Prima Facie Obligations, others, etc.). Discuss why you identified that particular situation with the stated theory. Be sure to describe the situation or example.  If you have not observed a theory in action in your life, find an example in our history and discuss how the theory applies to the situation.


During this past summer some family and I were in the Anchorage area near Bartlett High School right when the area was under heavy road construction, and traffic was halted to a standstill if you were trying to exit the mall complex area. It was in the 80’s that day, and just when you think ‘how could this be any worse’, a car two ahead of us overheated and died. My brother and I were the only ones out of everyone stuck there to hop out and try and assess the car, having both driven less than optimal cars ourselves back in high school we understood the girls stress and embarrassment of having a car die at the worst time. We ended up pushing the car to a nearby parking lot through the slowly moving traffic, it really wasn’t that difficult. I think this is an example of Kant’s good will, as my brother and I acted on morality and kindness to help push the car, gaining no benefit other than knowing we used what we had to correct the situation at hand. We felt obligated to do so; as we based our actions on duty and how to achieve a beneficial outcome, if we were in that situation I would hope someone else would feel the same way and chose to act on goodwill morality as well.