For your politics and government term paper, consider writing about terrorism in America and the study of terrorism statistics and data. Many governmental and private research centers are conducting studies and compiling statistics for domestic terrorism in the U.S. and for international terrorism around the world.
For good research paper topics, you can mine these resources for information on what is terrorism, how prevalent is it, who is perpetrating it and where is it happening. Read more
Voting results in the midterm elections were likely affected by the shear amount of ads placed before the eyes of the voters. In the midterm elections 2014, an estimated $3.67 billion was funneled into media ads. When you’re deciding how to cast your vote on an issue it often helps to look at who supports and who opposes that issue.
But when issues are funded by dark money, you don’t know for sure who the players really are. Whether you’re a student of economics, political science, or business you might consider looking at the issue of campaign finance for your next research paper.
Capitalism v. democracy
According to author Timothy K. Kuhner, as of 2014 it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a senator, and $1 million to become a member of the House. When so much money is required to gain elected office, can corruption be far behind?
In his book, Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution Kuhner explains how the Supreme Court has been instrumental in allowing politically powerful companies to gain control of the political system and turn the practice of economics to their favor. As a result, he sees the U.S. gradually changing from a democracy into a plutocracy where society is governed by the wealthy and not the people.
“Much of American democracy as we know it today can be explained by the fact that there is no limit to the total amount of money that candidates and parties can raise and spend, and that virtually all of that money comes from private sources, not the state,” Kuhner said.
Rules of the game
Kuhner isn’t the only one who is raising the alarm about the role of money in politics. Russ Choma provided his own analysis in his November 5, 2014, post for OpenSecrets.org, “Money Won on Tuesday, But Rules of the Game Changed.”
Choma pointed out that in the House races the candidate who spent the most money won 94.2 percent of the time while in the Senate races the figure was 81.8 percent. In many cases Democratic candidates raised more money than their Republican opponents but their funds were primarily from small donors whose identities were disclosed.
“Republicans made the most of their fundraising advantage and routed Democrats in Tuesday’s midterms, but they seized the majority in the Senate and built their lead in the House even as fewer donors participated in the process and more of the dollars came from secret sources,” Choma explained.
If you think that none of this affects you then think again. Lee Fang exposed how this dark money can corrupt the political process and affect your financial future. Fang described the process in his November 5, 2014, post for PublicReport.org, “Sallie Mae Lobbyists Control Midterm Election Dark Money Groups.”
First a little background. Historically federal law has placed limits on how much individuals and organizations can donate to political campaigns and political organizations. But ever since 2010 those limits have been eroded.
In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that the government could not restrict independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation.
This decision opened wide the door for super PACS (political action committees) to accept unlimited contributions from corporations, unions and individuals without disclosing their identities or the amounts contributed.
How this affects you, a college student loaded with students loans, can be seen in Fang’s article.
“Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network, according to filings, were two of the largest dark money groups in America. Both are organized under the 501c4 section of the tax code, meaning they do not have to disclose a dime of donor money,” Fang said.
According to Fang, these two donor groups are led by lobbyists who work for Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student loan servicer.
Fang questioned the extent that Sallie Mae supported the Republican candidates who gained the House majority in the midterm elections. Many of these candidates oppose efforts to rein in student debt, lower student loan interest rates and making it easier to discharge student loan debt through bankruptcy.
Currently an estimated 40 million Americans are carrying a total of $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. That is an average of $29,000 per person.
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For your European history class term paper, consider writing about the Berlin Wall. Earlier this month marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the iconic symbol of the Cold War.
For your research paper you could write about the history of the Berlin Wall, its fall and its legacy for world politics. Read more
If you are searching for a diverting research paper topic, then you should consider writing about Everyday Use by Alice Walker.
You’ll find more than 9,500 books as well as 6,500 articles in academic journals, magazines and newspapers in Questia’s online research library related to this piece of short fiction about heritage and deracination. Read more
Literary theory is the study of literature and its significance for culture and historical perspective. Some good research paper topics could be to define literary theory and discuss various aspects of literary criticism.
You could also write your term paper on some new trends in literary theory such as environmental theory and gender queer theory. Here are some ideas to get you started. Read more
The history of comic books now spans several generations. As Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new slate of comic book movies to come in the next five years, the genre is rich with research paper topics.
Start from looking at the issues of crime and justice in comics to the way comic books have handled gender and race issues. Read more
On October 10, 2014, the film Dracula Untold opened worldwide. Unlike other vampire movies, this film weaves vampire mythology with historical facts about Prince Vlad, the Impaler. Vampire films and the history on which they are based can combine into a good research paper topic.
If you’re looking for a topic in literature, consider writing a research paper on gothic literature and its part in film and mythology. Here are a few gory details to get you started on your research paper. Read more
What would you do if you were given only six months to live? Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard was faced with that question when she was diagnosed with a devastating form of brain cancer. The former San Francisco resident was told she was terminally ill. She opted to move, with her husband, to Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.
Maynard’s decision has been covered extensively in the news and opened up a huge debate on the issue of whether terminally ill patients have a right to die at a time of their own choosing. Read more
Jon Stewart unveiled his directorial debut, Rosewater on November 7, 2014, at the Telluride Film Festival. Best known as a political satirist and star of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Stewart chose to tackle a very serious subject, press freedom, for his first film.
The Rosewater movie is based on the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was held at Iran’s Evin prison for 118 days. The script, also written by Jon Stewart, was adapted from Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Look to the Rosewater film for inspiration for your next research paper on journalists and press freedom. Read more