Monday, June 10, 2019

C2 Sample Essay 32 (Richer nations sharing wealth)
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  The topic of this essay is to discuss whether wealthier nations should share their wealth with poorer nations or if each nation should fend for itself. If you are not taking an exam but need to discuss this topic, then read on and note down what you deem useful. If you intend to use this essay as part of an assignment, remember to paraphrase so as not to plagiarize.

The topic is similar to what candidates expect in any other C2-level examination in that examiners want to see a well-organized, coherent and cohesive discussion of the issue with arguments and examples written in approximately half an hour. Whether or not you agree with the viewpoint expressed, remember that what yields a higher score is the way a subject is argued, so if you see that you come up with more ideas for the side of the argument you disagree with during the brainstorming phase, it doesn't matter -- simply go ahead and plead that side of the argument.

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Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? Or is it the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves?

The gap between rich and poor countries, preferably called developed and developing countries, has been the source of global concern. Many are those in favor of sending aid to such Third World countries by way of nourishment and educational training and supplies. However, others claim that the leaders of these nations are responsible for the welfare of their citizens.

This latter statement is true in part. Each country must be held responsible for itself and cannot expect other nations to rush to its aid whenever coping with financial problems that country faces becomes impossible. The citizens of these countries are also responsible for the choice of leaders they make. If a corrupt president establishes a regime that bleeds his country, then his citizens must find a way to depose him and see that a new one sets the nation back on the path of financial growth.

Yet, the situation in these countries, in other words the poverty and corruption that reign, are largely the result of either Imperialism, strenuous sanctions, or trade policies that are favorable only to wealthy nations, more specifically the G7. In this case, the problems created which have left these countries destitute, striving for their daily sustenance, are almost entirely the result of greedy richer nations and their implementation of cut-throat policies. As a result, there is a moral obligation on the part of wealthier nations to come to the rescue by providing developing countries with the technology and scientific know-how that would build stronger infrastructural, educational and economic foundations.

It is therefore my view that aid should be sent in terms of food and education yet should not be limited to these. Rich countries should see that democratic processes be safeguarded through global organizations such as the United Nations and that sound planning and fair commercial terms be established so that ailing countries can stand on their own two feet again. Unfortunately, this optimistic plea is near impossible to realize in the cruel global economic framework we live in today and amid geopolitical machinations of corrupt political leaders the world over.

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