Opinion Question #4

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Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:00 am

Remember that this option can give you up to 10 points of Assignment or Extra Credit. From the Class Website, please answer the following:

As we learned, Ozma was the truthful ruler of the Land of Oz. In order to avoid troubles and avoid other armies to overthrow her, one of the measures she takes is to outlaw the use of magic. Taking into consideration that, please answer:

Do you think a total prohibition of the use of magic was the best solution? Do you think that would truly stop people from using magic or not? If you disagree with Ozma’s solution, what would you do instead?

There is no right or wrong answer, just please explain your reasoning and theory. At least 100 words for full marks.

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Re: Opinion Question #4

Postby Siobhan Sullivan » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:41 pm

Historically speaking, the prohibition of anything has not really worked out so well for those who are doing the prohibiting. Just because something is not allowed doesn’t mean that someone, somewhere isn’t going to find a way to do it anyway. And the overthrow of a ruler-however powerful- is a really good incentive to break the rules for those individuals who are after power or simply ambitious enough to try it. That being said, I’m not sure that I could come up with the “best” way to keep someone or someone’s from trying to overthrow Ozma. If you have enough people and enough motivation, overthrowing someone can happen with brute force when it comes right down to it. The bottom line is: if someone wants to overthrow Ozma that badly, they’re going to find a way to do it. It just may take a bit more planning without the use of magic. I’m not sure I would have done anything differently, though. Maybe she just extended her stay in power by outlawing magic.
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