Comparison Essay The Sharon Statement and the Port Huron Statement

ComparisonEssay: The Sharon Statement and the Port Huron Statement

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ComparisonEssay: The Sharon Statement and the Port Huron Statement

TheSharon Statement and the Port Huron statements were released in 1960and 1962 respectively to address the young Americana and the studentsfor a democratic society respectively. Both of these statements havebeen released to address young people. However, there are certaindifferences that can be pointed out in the two statements.1

Oneof the differences between the two statements is that the SharonStatement is more of an informative statement showing the youngpeople the role of the government in achieving freedom and libertyfor the young people.2On the other hand, the Port Huron statement addresses broader issues. The statement addresses the agenda for the young generation andtheir social goals and values. Another difference between the twostatements is that the Sharon statement addresses the young people ingeneral, but the Port Huron statement is mainly meant to address thestudents. There are certain statements said in both statements thathave had a lasting impact in the United States politics. The portHuron Statement argued that ‘the American political system is notas the democratic model of which its glorifiers speak.’ The Sharonstatement on the other hand, argued that ‘liberty is indivisible,and that political freedom cannot long exist without economicfreedom.’3The quote from the Sharon statement has had a greater impact on thecurrent United States politics. The issue of liberty has always beencommon in the political arena. The United States politicians arealways eloquent when discussing freedom issues. Economic liberty inparticular is something that the US still seeks up to now. Economicliberty is a situation where the resources are freely distributed toall citizens as equally as possible. The fact that liberty isindivisible as stated in the Sharon statement can be appliedcurrently because liberty can only be achieved if it is defended bythe society in its all forms, that is, the economic, political andpersonal forms.4

References

TheSharon Statement. (1960). YoungAmericans for Freedom Conference at Sharon, Conn., retrieved from:http://www.yaf.org/innerpagetemplate.aspx?id=6877

ThePort Huron Statement of the students for a democratic society(1962). Retrievedfrom:http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/huron.html

1 The Sharon Statement. (1960). Young Americans for Freedom Conference at Sharon, Conn., retrieved from: http://www.yaf.org/innerpagetemplate.aspx?id=6877

2 Ibid

3 The Port Huron Statement of the students for a democratic society (1962). Retrieved from: http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/huron.html

4 The Port Huron Statement of the students for a democratic society (1962). Retrieved from: http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/huron.html