Property, Politics & Global Environmental Change

An Examination of Private vs. Common Land Tenure Regimes in Theory and Practice Mention the ‘tropical forest crisis’ to UN officials, timber dealers, taxi drivers or New York Times readers and they will tell you it is due to ‘overpopulation’, ‘underdevelopment’ and ‘primitive slash-and-burn agriculture’. Asked about solutions, they will point to technical rather than…

The Modern Prometheus in the Modern Age (Frankenstein)

At a time when the romantic ideals of nature seemed to be giving way to the early industrialization and expansion of urban centers, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley created a masterpiece of horror and gothic romance that has spanned the ages. Frankenstein, since its publication in 1818, has managed to remain fresh even to the 21st Century,…

Strategic Quality Management Implementation Plan at a Restaurant

Introduction Quality can be the core of success that sets expectations for performance. It is the factor that makes one organization more productive and run efficiently. There are various ways organizations can implement quality by synthesizing strategic planning and management initiatives. Any organization that doesn’t respect quality as a strategic principle will fail (Dew). Strategy…

Agribusiness Politics in America

Planting Seeds of Profit Political Parties & Interest Groups I. INTRODUCTION The Shaping of an Industry For two months in 1904, writer Upton Sinclair wandered the Chicago stockyards carefully noting the dead rats being shoveled into sausage-grinding machines, the bribed inspectors looking the other way as diseased cows were being slaughtered for beef, and the…

On the Aesthetic of Edgard Varèse

The most often-researched music of the early 20th century is most probably the output of the Second Viennese School, and somewhere after that Le sacre du printemps, the music of Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Bela Bartok, and a few other established composers. Edgard Varèse, who interacted with almost every prominent musician in the West (and…

The U.S Economy in World War II

America had been preparing for war long before the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Lend-lease aid had been approved in the spring of 1941 and American production was already starting to pick up speed. America would have to come to the rescue once again, but this time to save the world from fascism and imperialism,…

The Media Cartel and its Disregard for Public Good

Less than 100 years ago, America was a different place. Not only were the laws of business and social order different, but the news was one organization that people could count on to tell the truth and expose wrongful practices in business and government. The so-called “muckrakers” of the era had a negative nickname, but…

The Importance Of Nonverbal Communication

It’s the day of the big interview. You’ve shown up 15 minutes early just to be safe. You’re relatively calm. You’re confident. After all, your suit and tie are pressed, your hair is trimmed and neat, and your breath is fresh and minty. You’ve done your research about the company, you know the first name…

Booker T. Washington: A Man and His Ideals

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856, but managed to rise to be the President of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881 and by the 1890’s became one of the most prominent black men in America, acting as an advisor to several Presidents as well as to some of America’s prominent business…

Speaking, Listening, and Interpretation in Negotiation

“Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.” -Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States Three of the most important aspects of communication in negotiation are listening, speaking, and how information is interpreted. Carolyn Lee writes, “Effective communication skills are essential for negotiators. The gathering of support, selling of…