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As a comparison of both content and the corresponding ways in which both Davis and McNeil fit within the historical paradigm Liberalism versus Political Economy this paper will examine both the viewpoint from which each author writes from and also build a critical analysis using a common theme from both something new under the sun and Let Victorian Holocausts The common theme from each book to be examined will be Water and how water has been exploited by both Liberalistic governments and to exactly the same extent by governments based on Marxism McNeils chapter six and Daviss chapter seven will represent the focal points of this paper Water exploitation in various forms has been crucial in the rise of Western society It is with this key point in mind that this comparison and corresponding critical analysis will be written There can be little doubt that the environment has been a critical part of both Liberal history and Political Economy It is also true that both McNeil and Davis have recognized the political gains available to those with control over the environment Certainly each author makes the argument that the governments most adept at this environmental exploitation will be the government with the most influence over not only the people within it own borders but over people in other countries which governments look to influence The fundamental differences in the ways that both Davis and McNeil explore this exploitation is severe Davis writes from the standpoint of Political Economy he is extremely critical of the Imperialistic British governments systematic exploitation of its colonies people He is passionate about the way the Crown has throughout history taken advantage of the working class by gaining the favor of the elite in each of its colonies Davis is detailed in his writing about the British Utilitarian needs and the ways in which their only purpose is to serve the needs of the empire Davis makes a compelling argument
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