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  1. Introduction
  2. The capitalist need to relentlessly expand operations
  3. The capitalist mode of production
  4. The second way religion acted to serve elite interests in Uris's novel
  5. Marx's insights
  6. Marx's caution
  7. Conclusion
  8. Sources

Many people complain that the United States government is unresponsive to their issues. In order to assist all of the underrepresented people, and to educate legislators we have formulated many interest groups in our nation. NORML, the National Organization for the reform of marijuana laws, is one such group who works for the nearly 80 million people in the US who admit to having smoked marijuana. These smokers are usually upstanding citizens in their communities, yet are being prosecuted heavily, and therefore have unified behind the cause to end the prohibition of marijuana. NORML has worked diligently to ease some of the restrictions placed by the government, and has made a vast difference in marijuana policies in their short existence.Interest groups play a very important role in the government of the United States. They represent many different people, and help bring their issues to the attention of government officials. By using techniques such as lobbying the interest groups can influence legislation and have their beliefs represented on both the national and local levels. Most minority groups feel they are not adequately represented, and therefore resort to lobbying to assure that their voices are heard. Lobbying is essential because this is the best way for the interest groups to participate in government and is a crucial resource for the American public

[...] Marx, the capitalist need to relentlessly expand operations in order to stay competitive and maximize profit leads to the colonizing of other territories and set up the same exploitative mode of production; a word, it creates a world after its own image modern industrial labor, modern subjection to capital, the same in England as in France, in America as in Germany, has stripped [the proletarian] of every trace of his national character. Law, morality, religion, are to him so many bourgeoisie prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeoisie interests? (23,26). [...]

[...] For Protestants, religious rituals fueled the fire of fear and hate against the Catholics and justified treating them as less than human. For elites, this control served a dual purpose of distracting the workers with their religious obsessions that culminated in sectarian conflict and of keeping the Protestant workers blindly aligned behind their decidedly anti-labor, exploitative interests. Hence, religion worked as an and as a means of ?divide and rule? throughout the novel Instances of such discrimination are manifested in sale of apprenticeships which few Catholic families could afford,? or the sudden ?unavailability? of such [...]

[...] From these battles the Orange Society (named in honor of King William of Orange) was established and became a rallying cry for Presbyterians to unite against the Catholics. Following a rising, the Orange support for England led to a and permanent order? where Presbyterians were alienated forever from the Catholics The tragedy was that the two peasantries had been driven into sectarian conflict with no one the winner except the British aristocracy who had stolen the land in the first place? (43). [...]

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